Dakota’s hard work pays off

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“Dakota ac­tu­ally ran at me and jumped into my arms; she was cry­ing as she was so happy.”

Mrs Hem­ming said it was Dakota’s hard work and ded­i­ca­tion that got her across the line.

“She has worked so hard to get where she is – there are so many peo­ple that run Mt Druitt down, but if you are com­mit­ted, good can come out of it.”

While train­ing five days a week and jug­gling school might be dif­fi­cult for some, Dakota said she couldn’t be hap­pier.

“The train­ing doesn’t bother me – I love it so much; it is just so mo­ti­vat­ing,” she said.

“I started judo about eight years ago when I was big­ger and I wanted to do it for fit­ness train­ing.

“My goal was to be in the Aus­tralian team, so to have achieved that al­ready made me so ex­cited.

“I am not even sure what is next.”

Dakota will make her in­ter­na­tional de­but with the Aus­tralia judo team at the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Sport, in Can­berra, in June.

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