Dakota’s hard work pays off
“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.