Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Red Deer athlete looking back on year full of accomplishments

The past year has been full of accomplishments for Red Deer Grace Campbell.

In April 2022, the 16-year-old was part of the Taekwondo Canada National Under-17 Freestyle Poomsae team at the 2022 Goyang World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships; The team finished ranked fifth in the world. Then, in July, the team won silver at the Pan American Taekwondo Championships in Costa Rica.

A student at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School, Campbell recently competed at the Canadian Taekwondo National Championships in Toronto, where she won bronze in individual freestyle poomse, a high-performance musical discipline that incorporates important core elements of taekwondo, including the basics. , Kyorugi, Acrobatic. movements. action and deception.

Last year “has been a great experience. I am completely shocked by this,” Campbell said. lawyer monday.

Campbell has been practicing taekwondo with his father and 14-year-old sister Jordan for more than 10 years.

“My father has been practicing taekwondo since he was a teenager. He took a break and started again when my sister and I were very young. We joined him and have been practicing it ever since. Have been,” Campbell said.

Campbell said taekwondo boosted his confidence.

“I feel like a completely different person when I’m out there. I have more confidence in myself and what I do in general,” she said.

Campbell is currently captain of the Master Rim Taekwondo Demonstration Team in Red Deer, where she is also training to become an instructor.

“The coaches are definitely helping me get better at teaching,” he said.

In a recent Facebook post, Master Rim’s Taekwondo congratulated Campbell on earning the bronze medal at the national championships.

“What an incredible achievement and considering their hard work and dedication, it is well deserved,” the Facebook post said.

With 2022 in the rear view mirror, Campbell said he has some goals in mind for this year.

“I want to keep doing competitions and things like that. I’m also looking forward to getting my 4th degree black belt soon; that’s really my goal,” he said.

“My sister and dad are the same belts as me right now and are also looking to become 4th degree black belts. Our goal is to do it by June, when the next black belt test will take place.

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