Kristal Lukas Grade 12, Cowichan Secondary School
Signature sports moment of 2012: Moving up a weight class at the B.C. judo championship in Abbotsford and winning all six of my matches, with three tapouts.
Coach’s words of wisdom: Go 110 % at every practice because your opponent will only be going 100 %.
Biggest obstacle to overcome: Getting my ankle back to 100 %. I had a really bad sprain, chipped the bone in two places and did muscle damage. It was the size of a softball for two months and I had to do physiotherapy for more than four months. To this day, it’s still not 100 % but I still work on it.
Best teammate ever: Gabby, because she could always get me pumped up before my fights. We would warm up together and train together.
Benefits of being in high-level sports: One of the biggest benefits for me was meeting new friends. They’re actually more than friends, they’re like a second family I train with five times a week.