Young taekwondo champ looks toward China

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

Thirteen-year-old Sarahí Terán Martínez, from San Miguel, is a taekwondo practitioner and is anxiously awaiting being selected to represent Mexico in the 2014 China World Youth Team Championship and the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in 2014.

From November 9 through 11 the national taekwondo championship was held at the National Center of High Performance in Mexico City. The event brought together more than 2,000 young taekwondo competitors representing the 33 branches that the Mexican federation has across the country. The competition was held to select the members who will make up the national team, and more entrants than ever in the youth categories took part.

Terán has been part of the Guanajuato taekwondo team since 2010. She won the gold medal in her category after competing against entrants from Mexico City, Michoacán, Nuevo León and Querétaro, among other states, finally winning against Fernanda Ávila from Baja California. She commented that she is looking forward to turning 14 soon because she wants to participate in the junior category so she can win that gold medal and be part of the Mexican taekwondo team and proudly represent not only San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato but also Mexico as a whole. “I will keep working hard in order to achieve major accomplishments in my professional life,” she said. Although she is only 13 years old, she recommended that young people participate in any kind of sport and keep clear of addictions. Along with her gold medal, Terán was given a check for 2,000 pesos and a scholarship for 12,000 pesos in 2012 so she can continue studying.



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