Shante sets her sights on Olympics

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - SPORT -

TAEK­WONDO tal­ent Shante Reg­nault (10) is dream­ing big and with a na­tional cham­pi­onship al­ready un­der her belt may one day com­pete for Aus­tralia.

The Year 5 stu­dent started taek­wondo at six after her mum en­rolled her so she could learn self defence.

“I com­peted in my first tour­na­ment when I was seven and I had so much fun I wanted to con­tinue com­pet­ing in fu­ture events,” Shante, of Swan View, said.

“Taek­wondo is im­por­tant to me be­cause it keeps me fit and I look for­ward to train­ing ev­ery day.

“I train six days a week and I keep striv­ing to be as good as I can be.”

Of her many wins, Shante said her proud­est mo­ment was be­com­ing the 2016 Aus­tralian Na­tional Taek­wondo Cham­pion. “It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

“I am also the cur­rent WA State

Taek­wondo Cham­pion and have been se­lected as part of the state team.

“At the mo­ment I am train­ing hard to com­pete at the 2017 Nationals in Bendigo in Vic­to­ria in Oc­to­ber.”

She said a good com­peti­tor must have a smart game plan and tac­tics to do well through­out the rounds.

“A chal­leng­ing op­po­nent for me is some­one who doesn't hold back and will con­tinue to push me to my lim­its,” she said. “I have big plans for my fu­ture. “I in­tend to keep train­ing on a na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level, hop­ing to com­pete at fu­ture world cham­pi­onship events and even­tu­ally the Olympic Games.”

Shante has been nom­i­nated for the Ju­nior Sports Star In­di­vid­ual cat­e­gory in the Community News­pa­per Group’s Lo­cal Sports Star Awards.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt­mu­ni­ d473087

Shante Reg­nault in ac­tion.

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