Tayla’s $10K win to help Olympic bid
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.