Kilday secures Taekwondo spot in the New Zealand Olympic Team

Andrea Kilday, 34, has capitalised on some brilliant form in recent years taking gold medals both in 2015 at the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea and again earlier in 2016 at the Oceania Championships and Taekwondo Olympic Qualifying event. She has gone from strength to strength and has established herself as one of New Zealand’s most successful performers on both the national and international stage, winning multiple medals and titles.
Kilday secures Taekwondo spot in the New Zealand Olympic Team

 “Timing is everything. You need to be able to connect with your opponent’s body at exactly the right time,” she says.  

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Link: 2016 Rio Olympics will be Andrea's first Olympic Games

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Link: Be The Inspiration:  Andrea Kilday

Andrea Kilday, 34, has capitalised on some brilliant form in recent years taking gold medals both in 2015 at the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea and again earlier in 2016 at the Oceania Championships and Taekwondo Olympic Qualifying event. She has gone from strength to strength and has established herself as one of New Zealand’s most successful performers on both the national and international stage, winning multiple medals and titles.

Andrea first took up Taekwondo as a 10 year old in Christchurch at the Hornby taekwondo club, however since 2005 she has been based in Auckland and training at Sejong Taekwondo Club with her coach Jin Keun Oh.

"Andrea is a great role model for the sport and she perfectly personifies the humble hard working Kiwi athlete. We believe that she will do New Zealand proud in Rio.”

 "We look forward to cheering her on in Rio and supporting her over the next five months in the lead up to the Olympic Games."

Taekwondo adopts new rules for Rio Olympics

SEOUL, July 25 (Yonhap) -- The Korean traditional martial art of taekwondo has adopted a series of new rules for next month's Rio de Janeiro Olympics designed to bring more transparency and excitement to the event.

There will be a new scoring system in Rio. At the London Olympics, a hit to the body was worth one point; a turning kick to the body was worth two points; a kick to the head was good for three; and a turning kick to the head was worth four.

This time, a turning kick to the body will score three points.

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Bureaucratic battle blocks Kiwi's Olympic Taekwondo dream

If you've got the skills, talent and training, it seems the most challenging part would be qualifying to compete in Taekwondo at the Olympic Games, right?

Well, for Andrea Kilday, the journey has been a fight and not without sacrifices.It's been a balance between raising two young boys, holding down a full-time job, training - and battling bureaucracy. Ms Kilday cleaned out her savings to fund her preparing along with generous support from the public and sponsors. Taekwondo New Zealand no longer receives funding from High Performance Sport New Zealand as it was cut off in 2014.

But has the organisation done enough to help Ms Kilday with her Rio dream? Story investigates.

Watch the video for the full Story report.

 

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"Be The Inspiration"

Andrea Kilday

Competing for New Zealand is “an amazing opportunity”

Andrea Kilday and her Road to Rio Olympics

 

 

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