Keizer woman takes fifth at ATA world tourney

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Sometimes it really hurts to be an adult. Kathleen Wade found out just how much earlier this year when she qualified for the American Taekwondo Association World Championship tournament and had to face up to the harsh reality that her family couldn’t afford the trip. “In the past year, I’ve competed in Oregon, Washington, Montana and Canada and earned enough points that I was ranked ninth in the world in my weapons form, the oh sung do (sword),” Wade said. Once Wade made the decision to forego the trip to Little Rock Arkansas to compete, she called her parents and got to talking about how much it hurt. “They called me the next day and told me they would pay for my trip to compete, so I was very blessed,” Wade said. She made the most of the opportunity and finished fifth in the world for women in the 40-49 first-degree black belt. “I was really pleased to have moved up and it was so much fun,” she said. Wade started training at Ireland’s ATA on River Road in Keizer about four months after her daughters started taking lessons there in 2008. “We won a raffle basket that had a certificate for a six-month class and my oldest daughter started training. Soon my two other daughters were training and I was sitting...

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