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Australia’s first ever taekwondo gold medal - Lauren Burns

Inspiration to get into sports comes in all forms. It can even come from a brother who started taekwondo lessons motivated by “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie. Just ask Lauren Burns.   From that unusual inspiration, Lauren started taekwondo at age 14. Six years later, when the sport was announced to debut at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, she defined the Olympic medal as her goal.   With a packed audience to inspire her, Lauren Burns faced Cuban athlete Urbia Melendez in a thrilling contest which gave her the first ever taekwondo gold medal for Australia.

Australia’s first ever taekwondo gold medal - Lauren Burns

Inspiration to get into sports comes in all forms. It can even come from a brother who started taekwondo lessons motivated by “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie. Just ask Lauren Burns.   From that unusual inspiration, Lauren started taekwondo at age 14. Six years later, when the sport was announced to debut at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, she defined the Olympic medal as her goal.   With a packed audience to inspire her, Lauren Burns faced Cuban athlete Urbia Melendez in a thrilling contest which gave her the first ever taekwondo gold medal for Australia.