Aussie Taekwondo hopeful looks towards Rio Olympics


It may come as a surprise Australia has its very own Taekwondo champion. Born to Polish refugees, Carmen Marton is aiming for a podium finish in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

With training like this its little wonder Carmen Marton attributes much of her success to her training partners, brother Jack and sister Caroline.

"They've always been pushing me...[they're] world-class athletes themselves," says Carmen.

Caroline says have a strong support team is key to maintaining the dedication needed to reach the top.

"We get battered, we get bruised," says Caroline. "It's quite easy to lose heart."

Marton was born in Melbourne to Polish refugees and her father introduced her to Taekwondo as soon as she was old enough.

June's world championship win was something she's dreamed of all her life, with just 4 seconds on the clock and scores tied against Korea Kim Huy Lan she produced a career defining moment.

"It still makes me feel emotional," says Carmen. "I want to be the best."

She met partner Safwan Kalil when she was just a teenager and in 2009 converted from Catholicism to Islam.  A step she calls a natural progression.

"[The] stories are the same [which] was really surprising to me," says Carmen.

Marton heads to America this weekend for the latest in a series of qualifying events just to reach Rio.

Source: SBS

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