Taek­won-Do teen will rep­re­sent NZ

Franklin County News - - SPORT - RUWADE BRYANT

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

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