Fighting spirit shines
Wood sets sights on recovery
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
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Fighting fit: Injury means Kristian Wood will sit the Sydney Oceania competition out but she is happy knowing she made the cut.