The first in our series of interviews with the athletes heading to the Worlds in Russia next month – Ashley Kraayeveld, ranked #2 in Womens -62kg weight division.
“My dad was involved in martial arts and with that he taught me respect, and discipline and a little bit of how to reach for bigger dreams.”
Q: Thanks for accepting our invite Ashley! Couple words about yourself?
A: You are welcome! I just graduated from Humber College for Bachelor of Nursing and I train full time taekwondo at Master Son’s.
Q: How long have you been doing taekwondo?
A: I was doing taekwondo since the age of 8. I am 22 now.
Q: What is taekwondo for you, sport or martial arts?
A: A little bit of both. My dad is also involved in martial arts and with that he taught me respect, and discipline and a little bit of how to reach for bigger dreams. And the sport aspect keeps me motivated and gives me a drive to achieve even bigger things.
Q: You seem pretty capable of defending yourself. Have you ever used your skills outside of the dojang?
A: No, I haven’t.
Q: Your goal for this year?
A: Olympics. And to make the PanAm team.
Q: You seem on track with the highest ranking points of any Canadian athlete in your Olympic division. Are you concerned?
A: Hmm.. As of now, I am in. We will see.
Q: Do you remember the moment you realized that you are the world class athlete?
A: I guess, early in this year I had the new approach developed by my coach, this is how it all started.
We wish Ashley good luck with her taekwondo career and particularly next month in Russia!