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Owen girl excels at national competition

By The Staff

Owen County resident Kendall Yount, 11, recently competed in the ATA TaeKwonDo World Championships held in Little Rock, Ark.She took a silver medal in sparring for her age division.

Yount will be entering the sixth grade at The Frankfort Christian Academy. She trains at Moberly’s Black Belt Academy in Frankfort under instructor Katrina Nimmo.

Yount competed during the 2008-2009 tournament season and was among the top 10 competitors in the United States in three events:forms (tied for first); weapons (placed fifth); and sparring (placed first). These top 10 competitors then compete for the title of world champion.

Yount placed second in sparring at this event, winning a silver medal for her efforts.

She began this tournament season in July 2008 and competed through April 2009. Some of the places she traveled to include Atlanta, Ga.; Orlando and Panama City, Fla.; Chicago; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles; Las Vegas; Little Rock, Ark.; and Pittsburgh, Pa.

Yount began her TaeKwonDo training at the age of 5. She only recently turned 11. She trains about four times per week and has added some gymnastics instruction to her training schedule in an effort to improve her martial arts ability.