Golden girl of taekwondo
Annaliese McMahon-Herewini is making a name for herself in taekwando circles.
The Tawa 11-year-old won two gold medals at the sport’s national championships in Christchurch last month. This follows on from winning two South Island titles in April.
In Christchurch, McMahon-Herewini took out gold in the poomsae and fighting events.
Poomsae is where competitors perform a sequence of movement that tests flexibility, rhythm and form, while the fighting are head-to-head match-ups in each age and weight category.
A student at Tawa Intermediate School, McMahon-Herewini currently holds the level of red belt/black tip and hopes to undertake her grading for her full black belt towards the end of this year.
She has been involved as a member of the Tawa Tae Kwon Do Club since age six and attends training twice a week.
The club brought home a number of other medals from the nationals, with coaches encouraging members to take part in regular competition as a way to gauge their progress against others of similar age and weight.
Black belt: Annaliese McMahonHerewini with the first of her two gold medals in Christchurch on August 4.