Tak­ing on the world stage

Avon Valley Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Gri­er­son

STU­DENTS trained in taek­wondo by one of the world’s high­est- rank­ing in­struc­tors will fly the flag at the world champi- on­ships in Minsk this month.

Grand­mas­ter Linda Low ( 69) teaches the mar­tial art at her In­spirit Taek­won- Do Academy in Dar­ling­ton, Helena Col­lege and other venues in the Swan Val­ley.

STU­DENTS trained in taek­wondo by one of the world’s high­est- rank­ing in­struc­tors will fly the flag at the world cham­pi­onships in Minsk.

Grand­mas­ter Linda Low ( 69) is the only woman in the world to be pro­moted to 9th Dan by the In­ter­na­tional Taek­won- Do Fed­er­a­tion.

For more than 25 years she has taught the mar­tial art in Dar­ling­ton at her In­spirit Taek­won- Do Academy, Helena Col­lege and other venues in the Swan Val­ley.

Stu­dents se­lected to com­pete in the world cham­pi­onships from Au­gust 19 to 27 ex­celled in events at the Na­tion­als in Syd­ney.

Ms Low said stu­dents trained for many hours to pre­pare for the In­ter­na­tional Taek­won- Do Fed­er­a­tion Ju­nior and Vet­eran World Cham­pi­onships.

Her son Justin is a 5th Dan black belt and world bronze medal­list and he will join them as one of three Aus­tralian coaches at the events.

“The stu­dents are very ex­cited about the cham­pi­onships and one of the girls is lit­er­ally count­ing the days un­til we go,” she said.

To be world- class, the girls prac­tise their pat­terns for sev­eral hours a day un­til they per­fect their rhythm, bal­ance and tim­ing.

Mt Helena’s Jade Lynch and Bri­anna Burgess, of Bri­gadoon, are 1st Dan at the age of 14 and Bri­anna’s fa­ther Jon is a bronze medal­list and 2nd Dan who has not lost his de­sire to com­pete at 52.

Sec­ond Dan Astina Ham­mond ( 16), of Helena Val­ley, is the fourth mem­ber of the 2018 In­spirit team.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www. com­mu­ni­typix. com. au d485822

Bri­anna Burgess, Jade Lynch and Astina Ham­mond with Grand Mas­ter Linda Low.

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