National Team 2015 – Jasmine Vokey

National Taekwondo Team 2015 - Jasmine Vokey

Jasmine Vokey does not know much about Russia or Chelyabinsk, the host city of 2015 World Taekwondo Championships. “I’ve heard that it is not the most exciting place but I am looking forward to going. I will see what it looks like”, – says Vokey, National Team member in Female +73kg weight division from Montreal. While most of the time athletes try to cut weight to fit in their weight categories, she had to gain weight to make it over 73kg. “I usually fight in under 73kg, but this time I will be in +73kg, same Olympic division but different World division. There is definitely both advantages and disadvantages, I am lighter and must be faster than my opponents and the disadvantage would be fighting girls that are a lot bigger and a lot taller than me. I am at the bottom of this weight division. I should be faster than them anyways.”

“When I first got back into competing I was a bit uneasy but I felt it was getting stronger and stronger, just like the other leg.”

Aside from taekwondo, Jasmine studies Human Resources Management and plans to work in the field once the sports career is over. She had a taste of it while taking a year off from training due to torn ACL that happened a week and half before 2014 Canada Open. Jasmine tried to compete through the injury but it did not go well; she had to go for a reconstruction surgery that usually requires long rehabilitation. Part of her hamstring was inserted into the knee to replace the torn ligament. Vokey was back to training in 6 months and soon after competed at a tournament. “When I first got back into competing I was a bit uneasy but I felt it was getting stronger and stronger, just like the other leg.”

“You can be talented but without consistency you won’t go far.”

Jasmine thinks that to be successful in sports the athlete must demonstrate consistency and dedication. With so many distractions around it is easy to fall off track. “You can be talented but without consistency you won’t go far. You also have to be challenged enough.”

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