Taekwon-Do teen will represent NZ
A Franklin teen will represent New Zealand in this year’s International Taekwon-Do Championship, in a bid to fight her way to the top.
Patumahoe’s Gabby Lambert, 17, will compete in Dublin, Ireland, in October fighting against some of the best in the world, and she’s not afraid.
The Pukekohe High School student, a first degree black-belt, said that making her way to the international championship had been a life-long goal.
‘‘I have wanted to go to worlds since I started,’’ said Gabby.
‘‘When I found out I was going to worlds, I was really excited - it was a dream come true.
‘‘It wasn’t even a, ‘I want to’. It was more of a, ‘I am going to be on the New Zealand team’.’’
Gabby was selected to represent New Zealand after she attended a trial camp. They were required to spar against each other while judges watched; deliberating over a month to choose the finalists.
It wasn’t just her trial that helped her get into the New Zealand team, but also her results at the ITKD Nationals Tournament, which was held in Auckland last month.
She was awarded gold in individual sparring, gold in team special technique and bronze in special technique.
Gabby will depart from New Zealand on October 6 and is prepared for the battle.
‘‘I am feeling good and confident ... I have put in a lot of work and I know I have got good coaches behind me, and I have been working on the right things.’’
Gabby picked up the sport when she was nine and began her training at Waiuku Taekwon-Do. Now she trains at Paul M Taekwon-Do in Papakura, and Van Roon Martial Arts in Auckland.
As well as donations from Pukekohe Rotary Club, Pukekohe Lions Club and Kiwianas, the Taekwon-Do fighter has been working at Patumahoe Four Square and she teaches TaekwonDo on Mondays to help fund her trip.
If you would like to help get Gabby to Ireland, you can visit www.givealittle.co.nz