MILLICENT’s Chantelle Fuller has taken her fight to the world stage, scoring a silver medal in the 2012 ITF Tae Kwon Do World Championship in Canada.
The 15-year-old high school student helped her team kick their way into second place recently at the international event in Ottawa.
Speaking to The Border Watch between classes yesterday afternoon at Tenison Woods College, the adrenaline was yet to wear off for the teenager.
“We were aiming for first, but we were just ecstatic at second,” Chantelle said.
“I didn’t expect to get a medal, but I had hopes for one – it was very nerve racking.”
The championship was the first for Chantelle, who took up the dobok fighting uniform six years ago.
A bit of chance and courage saw her fill in for the team sparring event, where fighters make physical contact.
Her original hopes were pinned on the individual patterns competition – a series of non-contact movements performed with precision.
But watching her teammates physically verse their opponents gave her spirit to enter in.
“I just had so much adrenaline go through me,” she said.
“I’m not a very confident fighter – I wasn’t supposed to go, I was just a fill in,” she said.
“So it was a real achievement.”
After unexpectedly defeating her English opponent through points, Chantelle’s win helped bump the junior Aussie team up to silver.
Her parents watching from the sidelines did not mind the sight of their daughter fighting her English opponent.
Tae Kwon Do has a history in the family with both her mother and sister practicing the style before.
Her friends at Tenison Woods have predictably seen Chantelle in a new light.
“My friends love it, they think if they ever get into a fight I’ll be on their team,” she said.
But the only fighting she plans to do will be for the next challenge – obtaining a second degree black belt.
“I’m about to start training for it,” she said.
Her eyes are also set on coming home with gold from the next international championships in Italy in two years time.
“I’m hoping to go there as well – I’d love to get a gold medal at the championships,” she said.