THREE Hawkesbury youngsters will step onto the world stage when they join the Kukkiwon Australian Taekwondo Team in July.
Seth Scholte, Chloe Lovelace and Liz Park – all aged 10 - will compete at the Kukkiwon 2017 World Taekwondo Hanmadang, to be hosted in South Korea.
Seth and Chloe are from Richmond, while Liz is from Riverstone, and they all train with sixth dan instructor Kangho Park at PK Taekwondo in Richmond.
Kangho Park said he was very proud of his students, some of which are not from the Hawkesbury.
“For seven of my students to be eligible to represent Australia, of which five will be going to Kukkiwon 2017 World Taekwondo Hanmadang, is such a great achievement and shows their dedication and commitment to martial art,” he said.
“I do feel it’s a little early for my students to be competing at world level, but feel it to be a great honour and experience for them and their future in Taekwondo.”
Seth said it felt awesome when he learned he was selected to the team and said he was looking forward to meeting some grand masters and learning from them.
Chloe said she was both scared and excited when she found out she had been picked, and said she was looking forward to training in a different country.
Liz said she wanted to do her best when she went to South Korea.
She said she wanted to learn new patterns, and was excited and nervous to travel to South Korea for the tournament.
The team is seeking some financial help to meet the costs of travelling overseas.