Ashley Letourneau started her athletic career at Amherstview Public School after constantly being bullied because of her small stature and the mere fact that she was a girl. Ashley then took up the sport of Karate at age 6. Fast forward to age 11. Ashely has received her black belt. Her perseverance at achieving this goal at Dan Coles Impact Zone at the Atrium Mall at such a young age is amazing. Ashley then took up kickboxing and was the only young girl in a class full of adults. She soon got tires of hitting the bag and moved on to contact.
Ms. Letourneau mentioned that she was the first female to fight in Ontario at the Canadian Cup when the province legalized kickboxing. She was 14. The Canada Cup was held in Toronto yearly with Ashley being a yearly competitor. She made the Team Canada team at age 18 while still attending school. Another Rocky story in the making was the joke amongst her teammates as she was set to fight a Russian. She placed 4th with 62 countries competing. I asked Ashley her experience in competing in Serbia, she related several stories including having rocks thrown at her because she was a women. When she asked the Turkish contingent why the all had braids, she was told each braid represented a woman murdered in their country due to their involvement in sports.
Truly a life changing experience for one so young.
After the Worlds, Ashley began to teach kickboxing and still teaches out of the Diamond Gym in Napanee where she teaches self-defense to youths as young as 4 years old. Ashley’s community service included being involved in the Enactus program at St. Lawrence College where she mentored students in fool security, financial literacy and environmental impact. Ashley also committed her time to put on an event/seminar for the Heart and Stroke Foundation for the MMA for Heart program and most recently assisted Rotary member Rick Frasso in “Fight Cancer” for the Cupido Breast Cancer golf tourney.
Ashley LéTournéau and Supporter Rick Frasso, President of Response I.T.
Ashley then began to train in Muy Thai and Jui Jitsu to round out her fighting skills at the Hayobusa Academy in Kingston to compete in MMA. She fought in the 1st sanctioned female Can-Am MMA fight at 115 lbs. in Canada
Not one to rest, recently Ashley competed in the Ontario Physique Association due to an injury and placed 4th.
Ashley won her last of many trophies in Watertown Aug20 and at Kingston’s first MMA event Sept9 and has recently turned pro with TKO
Her first fight will be in Shanghai China in November. Kingston wishes her all the best in her journey not only for her personal goals bus also for the youth she has touched, mentored and for the impressions she has left on her students.