Fight­ing spirit shines

Wood sets sights on re­cov­ery

South Waikato News - - SPORT - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

A con­cus­sion may have been a bend in the road for Kris­tian Wood but it has far from ended her taek­wondo dreams.

The 15-year-old Toko­roa High School stu­dent was given the chance to rep­re­sent New Zealand in the Syd­ney Ocea­nia com­pe­ti­tion. But a kick in the face dur­ing a com­pet­i­tive fight may have pre­vented her from com­pet­ing.

De­spite the dis­ap­point­ment, Wood is adamant she will get an­other chance.

‘‘It’s pretty sad but I can still go far, this is not the only op­por­tu­nity I will get,’’ she said.

Wood has al­ready taken a six week break from the sport and she continues to ex­pe­ri­ence health prob­lems.

Yet the young ath­lete still has a fight­ing spirit.

‘‘ It makes me want to do it more. When I got my con­cus­sion I wanted to fight them again and win,’’ she said.

Al­though the red belt fighter is dis­ap­pointed, she knows this hur­dle will not stop her.

Her next goal is to earn a black tip and even­tu­ally a black belt at the end of year.

‘‘I’m go­ing to train hard and go as far as I can into it, hope­fully the Olympics,’’ she said.

And the ul­ti­mate goal is to start her own club.

In the mean­time, Wood is tak­ing on the job of men­tor­ing young Toko­roa fighters.

The lead­er­ship role is new to her but it is some­thing she has thrived on.

‘‘Last tour­na­ment I coached one of the younger stu­dents from our club, he was a yel­low belt and he had to fight a black belt, he was con­fi­dent and he won his fight. I was pretty proud,’’ she said. Sport Maker – Nom­i­nate a Sport­ing Vol­un­teer

This is a great pro­gramme ini­ti­ated by Sport Waikato to re­ward vol­un­teers, or ‘‘ Sport Mak­ers’’ in our com­mu­nity.

This is an op­por­tu­nity for you to nom­i­nate vol­un­teers now, from the coaches and of­fi­cials, to the uni­form wash­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors. A Sport Maker is some­one who vol­un­teers their time and ef­fort for sport in the Waikato re­gion. Nom­i­nate the Sport Maker who makes a dif­fer­ence in your sport by click­ing on the link be­low.

All nom­i­nees go in the draw monthly for the chance to re­ceive some awe­some sport­ing gear!

Go to sport­waikato.org.nz/nom­i­nate_y­our_vol­un­teers.cfm 2014 Trail Tril­ogy Sport Waikato and the Hau­raki rail­trail are hav­ing some fun run/ walks over three months, start­ing with Tiro­hia to Te Aroha (14 km) on Sun­day, July 20, then onAu­gust 17 from Waihi to Paeroa (21.6km) and fi­nally Paeroa to Thames on Septem­ber 21 (30 km). These walks can be com­pleted in­di­vid­u­ally or in teams. Go to sport­waikato.org.nz Pu­taruru Ki­wis­port Hol­i­day Pro­gramme

Tues­day, July 15 and Thurs­day July 17. Bad­minton 10.30am-noon,5-12 years, cost $1. Bring a wa­ter bot­tle. To reg­is­ter text Amy Wright on 021 816 932 or just turn up on the day Hockey 12.30pm- 2pm, 5- 12 years. FREE. Bring a wa­ter bot­tle. To reg­is­ter text Jamie Stones on 027 270 9049 or just turn up on the day. Movit Fit­ness Re­duced hol­i­day class pro­gramme for July 2014:

Mon­day 7th – Cir­cuit 9.30am and Ket­tle­bells 6pm; Tues­day 8th – Cir­cuit 6pm; Wed­nes­day 9th – 50+ Cir­cuit 9.30am; Thurs­day 10th – Ket­tle­bells 9.30 am;

Mon­day 14th – Cir­cuit 9.30am and Ket­tle­bells 6pm; Tues­day 15th – Cir­cuit 6pm; Wed­nes­day 16th – 50+ Cir­cuit 9.30am; Thurs­day 17th – Ket­tle­bells 9.30am and Cir­cuit 6pm; Fri­day 18th – Cir­cuit 9am, Fit for Life 10.30am.

Fight­ing fit: In­jury means Kris­tian Wood will sit the Syd­ney Ocea­nia com­pe­ti­tion out but she is happy know­ing she made the cut.

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