Golden girl of taek­wondo

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

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.

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Black belt: An­naliese McMa­honHerewini with the first of her two gold medals in Christchurch on Au­gust 4.

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