Natalya Kajewski shows speed as she goes through her paces in preparation for the upcoming National Tae Kwondo Championships in Victoria.
Natalya Kajewski shows speed as she goes through her paces in preparation for the upcoming National Tae Kwondo Championships in Victoria. Chris Ison

Natalya makes the grade

FOR Rockhampton Girls Grammar School student Natalya Kajewski, the trip to Melbourne next month for the National Tae Kwondo Championships will be a learning experience.

Natalya is one of the party of six that instructor Doug Swain will take.

While Natalya has been attending Doug's Dojang for more than three years, she is still working her way through the various belt colours with the aim to one day become a black belt.

Swain said the party will consist of competitors aged from six to teens.

“They have all done Queensland Titles,” he said.

The Nationals are one step higher as not only will they face the best Australia has to offer, but also competing are teams from Malaysia, England and New Zealand.

Among the disciplines they will compete in are sparring, patterns (individual and team), power breaks and special techniques.

Swain reckons the group will go all right.

“If focused they can be better,” he warned.

The instructor said a cross-section of schools from the area are represented in his travelling party with the other schools being St Brendan's, Rockhampton Grammar and North Rockhampton High.

The party consists of instructor Doug Swain, black belts Jeremy Hale, Matthew Swain and Blayde Hall plus Rhiannon Hall, Jarrod Hall and Natalya who are working through the grades.



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