Tayla’s $10K win to help Olympic bid

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - AUTOZONE - ERIN TASKER

Rakaia 10-year-old Tayla David­son is one step closer to achiev­ing her Olympic dreams, af­ter re­ceiv­ing a $10,000 schol­ar­ship from AMP.

David­son dreams of rep­re­sent­ing New Zealand in karate at the Olympics, with the 2024 Olympics in her sights, and is com­mit­ted to her dreams, trav­el­ling to Christchurch to train five times a week.

But that travel doesn’t come cheap, so the $10,000 boost from AMP will make life much eas­ier.

Just two weeks ago, David­son com­peted at the club na­tion­als and made the step up to the 12/13 year old age group where she found her­self up against black belts, but came away with a sec­ond and a third. Ear­lier this year she trav­elled to Aus­tralia for the world cham­pi­onships and re­turned a dou­ble world cham­pion in kata and ku­mite.

Com­pe­ti­tion has now wrapped up for 2017, and next sea­son will be­gin with train­ing with the New Zealand team in Auck­land in Jan­uary, be­fore the na­tion­als in March.

Next year’s com­pe­ti­tions also in­clude the Ocea­nias, which are in Auck­land, while the next world cham­pi­onships are in England the fol­low­ing year.

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