World at her feet

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A TEAM en­vi­ron­ment is what in­spires Mor­ley taek­wondo star and re­cently-crowned un­der-15 world cham­pion Sonya Peric-Rat­ten to push to­wards her goals.

The 14-year-old Chisholm Catholic Col­lege Year 9 stu­dent com­peted in the Ju­nior World Cham­pi­onships in Eng­land from July 21 to 22 for the first time.

The world cham­pi­onship win comes af­ter sev­eral na­tional and state cham­pi­onship gold medals.

Peric-Rat­ten, an ATI Mar­tial Arts Malaga mem­ber, said she started the sport when she was seven years old.

“I did not want to do it at the start,” she said.

“Dad was do­ing it so he was like, ‘come along’, so I was like, ‘OK’ and I started to like it more and more.

“I just love the com­mu­nity and ev­ery­one there, who are so nice.

“Just think­ing about the team and how ev­ery­one else keeps on go­ing, even if they have not won; they are my in­spi­ra­tion.”

Her short-term goal is main­tain her fit­ness and win more world cham­pi­onships, while her longterm goal is to com­pete at the Olympic Games.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Un­der-15 taek­wondo world cham­pion Sonya Peric-Rat­ten.

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