After participating in the Pan American Games in Toronto, Jessy Reyes has announced that she will be retiring from professional karate in order to train future generations of athletes.
After several days, Chile’s group of athletes completed their participation in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
There were some excellent performances from the Chilean team, made up largely with athletes from the Maule region, winning a total of 29 medals (5 golds, 6 silver y 18 bronze). However, they still fell short of their high expectations.
The boxer, Miguel “Ogre” Véliz, won bronze in the 91 kilo category, after falling in the semi-finals against Erislandy Savon of Cuba.
Meanwhile, Jessy Reyes also finished third place on the podium in the 55 kilo category. Despite losing 2-1 in last qualifying round to American Brandi Robinson, it was enough to qualify for the semi-finals where she again beaten by Brazilian, Valeria Kumizaki.
Mayor of Curicó, Javier Muñoz Riquelme, heaped praise on the Maule Norte Karate Club, which has played a huge role in Jessy Reye’s road to success, and to the sport in general.
The Mayor of the city of Curicó, renowned for its tortas (the nation’s favorite desert), said how proud he was of Jessy’s success and how she has “set an example for future generations, both for the sport and the city.”
Jessy Reyes said that she was “very grateful and honored” by this gesture from the local authorities. “I am happy to share my joy. It gives me so much delight that the Mayor shows a great interest in sports and arts practiced in the region.”
After, she recalled her first steps into the sport when she was 10 years old, under the strict instructions of her karate teacher Pedro Hernández, who she thanked for instilling her with strong values, such as perseverance and the importance of working hard for her goals.
Jessy is now going to participating in the sport she dearly loves, having taken in the Pan American Games in Toronto and receiving recognition from the Mayor of her native city. She has no plans for the Odesur Games, nor the next Pan American Games. She did say, however, “I will continue for the next year and a half, but that does not mean that I will leave the sport altogether.
“I like to start a new project in my life, and pass on my knowledge to future generations.”
Source – Diario El Centro