The ITFA Junior Female Student of the Year is decided and presented by Master Andrew K H Rhee. The recipient must be a regular attendee at classes and other ITFA events e.g. Competition Training and the Annual Tournament. They should be a good practitioner both physically and mentally, both understanding and practicing the tenets. They should be helpful in class and a role model for other students.
Lauren Young was the 2011 and 2013 recipient of the ITFA Junior Female Student of the Year. Lauren is the eldest of three children. She has two younger brothers, Gordon and Nathan and they all train with the ITFA. Lauren graded to 1st Kup in June 2014 and is currently working hard to be eligible for the ITFA Black Belt Grading in April 2015.
Here are Lauren’s interview responses son after she received her award in 2013:
What’s you name?
Where are you from?
When did you start Taekwon-Do?
What belt are you now?
Red belt (2nd Kup)
Where do you train?
Redfern and Randwick
Why did you start Taekwon-Do?
Because I wanted to have fun and do martial arts
What do you like about Teakwon-Do?
Meeting new people and working together
What has been your favourite moment in Taekwon-Do so far?
The tournament and doing team patterns
What award did you win in 2013?
Junior Female Student of the Year
What was your reaction when you received the award?
What is your Taekwon-Do goal for 2014?
To grade to black belt
What would you say to someone interested in joining Taekwon-Do?
Do it! Sometimes you want to stop – don’t keep going and you will get rewarded!
What do your friends think of you doing Taekwon-Do?
I don’t no but they aren’t critical
Do you want to be an Instructor one day?
When do you think you will get your Black Belt?
2014 or 2015