Gold for everyone in story of Olympic Taekwondo victory

“I wasn’t born a gold medallist. I was just a girl who loved taekwondo, the challenges it brought and the satisfaction of improving and winning” – Olympic Gold Medallist for Australia in Taekwondo, Lauren Burns

I don’t fantasize much about holidaying at an exclusive tropical resort or owning a mansion. I dream about time on the couch.

Right now you’re thinking: “Here’s a person who knows how to have a good time!”.

I know, my life is a dazzling ball of fire! Lol.

In my defence, juggling family, work, domestic mess (I mean bliss!) while trying to keep fit and healthy is hectic.

So the thought of time on the couch, by myself and in charge of the remote really does make me a little starry eyed.

Except, that is, when it happens.

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Your blog inspired my son to start Taekwondo!

As I’m sure you’re aware by now, I write for a mostly (eh-hem) middle-aged audience. Therefore I was filled up with goodness by the below message I received from Norwegian Dad Tor about the little sparks my article created for his 11-year-old son…

I recently started TKD at 40, inspired by my daughter of 8 who came home from each practice with a huge grinning smile on her face chock full of enthusiasm over what she’d learnt.

Aching joints and wheezing breath aside, I’m having a great time! My son of 11 recently expressed a cautious interest to join, but was reluctant at the same time. He’s quite cerebral and a little anxious about new stuff.

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Empower women with a Pink Belt Scholarship

The Mortal Mouse & Australian Taekwondo have joined forces in the hope of helping at least one Australian woman to realise the incredible life benefits of Taekwondo training with a one year Pink Belt Scholarship.

You can be a personal contributor or Business Sponsor by donating here: https://chuffed.org/project/pinkbelt

A little bit of context

Our world needs more women doing Taekwondo.

Why? Because in 2018 domestic violence, abuse, eating disorders and workplace inequality STILL cause immense suffering.

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Secrets of success from a Taekwondo World Champion, personal trainer mum

Whether you see your future self on a podium or just in a better place than you are now, new Taekwondo World Champion Joanne Licastro’s story of transformation and triumph provides an inspiring mandate for achieving goals, not just in martial arts, but in life. And central to her success, she believes, was one key ingredient… 

As a 28-year-old, West Australian mum of two, Joanne Licastro walked into her first Taekwondo training session feeling nervous and with the simple aim of “not dying”.

Fast forward 15 years to now, and Jo is standing on a podium in an Eastern European country with Gold around her neck having been named a World Champion and the Australian National Anthem playing in her honour.

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