I created this blog in 2010, before my first World Championship. Starting Taekwon-Do at the age of 3, I made the Canadian National Team for the first time at the age of 14, qualifying in various competitions prior to Nationals.
I competed in 3 consecutive World Championships through the ages of 14-19, winning 3 World Champion titles, 3 silver medals and on bronze. My years of training and competing have shaped who I am today, and how I approach life. This website and blog were made for two reasons. First, I wanted to share all my amazing opportunities and experiences with my friends and family; and second, I wanted to be able to document everything so that regardless of my outcomes, I could take a step back and realize how incredible the journey was.
I was extremely fortunate to have been successful in my World Championship experiences. After having so many inspiring role models, mentors and coaches, I felt like it was crucial for me to do something more with the platform that I was given. I spent a lot of time coaching and giving seminars across Canada for other competitors, I began speaking in schools, and that lead to events, sports teams, and clubs. I realized that all the lessons I learned, are extremely transferable to other aspects of life. Being able to give back, and inspire others to live life to the fullest, enjoy the uncertainty of new experiences, and find ways to be kinder to others has been the most fulfilling journey for me.
The Believe Project
While competing, I made hoodie with the word "believe" on the front, "Canada" on the sleeve, and "www.ikicklikeagirl.com" on the Back. I trained, ate, slept, sweat, and cried in that hoodie, and it became noticeable in all my competitions, and community events that I attended. Eventually, people wanted one just like mine, so I started selling them and they took off! I expanded to inspirational bracelets and posters, and "believe" socks as well. What I didn't know, was that people outside the Taekwon-Do world would buy them as well. I was humbled by the positive feedback about my hoodies, brand and the message that I was trying to spread.
This inspired me to start the Believe Project. The motto is to: be PASSIONATE, be CONFIDENT, be YOU. I have spoken at over 20 events sharing my message and hope to continue to share my story with others.