BLACK BELT: Rochelle
BLACK BELT: Rochelle "Shelley” Shamrock will compete in four categories - patterns, sparring, special techniques and power-breaking. Contributed

Lucky Shamrock bound for Ireland

EVERYTHING Rochelle Shamrock has done for the past two years has been setting her up for now.

The 16-year-old has been selected to represent Australia in the Taekwondo World Championships in Ireland later this year and said she was well under way in preparations for the tournament.

"It makes me so emotional to think about how far I've come,” she said.

"Everything I've done was to get me to the world championships.

"Every day I'm doing intensive training for a different aspect of the competition.

"I've picked up a part-time job to pay for the trip.

"I'd say it's consumed my life, except it's my passion so I'm happy doing it.”

Though she admitted competition was likely to be tough, the Mountain Creek State High student said she was hopeful of picking up some wins.

"I definitely think I'm going to be able to bring home a couple of medals,” she said.

"Competition against the others is going to be fierce, but I know the atmosphere when I walk in will be overwhelming.

"I'm definitely really excited about it.”

Her classmates, Brooke Ryan and Erin Carter, also made the cut.

You can donate to Rochelle via www.gofundme.com/shelley-shamrockworlds-campaign.



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