RISING star of Fiji karate Jasmine Rafiq has capped off the 2012 season with a career best world ranking of 15.
This is after Jasmine won two gold medals and a bronze medal during the 2012 Oceania Karate Championship in Australia in September.
Jasmine who has been representing Fiji since 2010 has won a gold medal in every international meet that she has participated in.
In the latest World Karate Federation rankings Jasmine is placed 15th in the junior female kata category. She is ranked 41 in the female junior kumite Under-53kg category.
Jasmine's achievements will put her as one of the frontrunners for the annual sportswoman of the year award if she is nominated by Karate Fiji.
She is a member of the Shotokan Karate Club of Lautoka and trains under the guidance of head instructor Amit Prakash.
Shotokan Karate Club Lautoka president Sharun Ali said the latest rankings was a testament of the hard work put in by the teenager during her personal time to maintain her fitness level.
Ali said Jasmine had been combining gymnasium sessions together with training at the club.
"Jasmine's current world ranking is a remarkable achievement by a young local athlete," Ali said.
"She is a promising athlete and any progression to another level would require advanced level training and coaching from specialist sports karate personnel. This expertise is currently not available locally."
Jasmine is the eldest daughter of Lautoka businessman, Abdul Kaiyum Rafiq.