This was an incredible achievement for our two young athletes, who have been regularly practicing Taekwondo since lessons were re-introduced at our Ger Village in April 2015.
Our professional coach, Battulga, who is passionate about the benefits of teaching Taekwondo to children, selected Ganzorig and Oyuntuya based on the level of commitment, self-discipline, and skill they had shown throughout the year.
When our children found out they had been chosen to represent their country at one of the sport’s main championship events they couldn’t believe it and told us that ‘it can only be a dream’. But as the day to leave drew closer the children grew more excited and began to realise that their dream might actually come true – and it did!
We are proud to say that after competing with children from all over the world Ganzorig and Oyuntuya both received bronze medals, an achievement that our coach attributed to the tremendous strength of character, skill, and focus they displayed throughout the challenging and highly competitive event.
Our Psychologist, Nomin, who accompanied the children and Battulga to Korea said that she was ‘proud and inspired’ by our young people, who as a result of the trip have not only grown as athletes but have also ‘had their minds opened to a world that is much bigger than they had ever thought.’
Here are Ganzorig and Oyuntuya’s thoughtful reflections on their time in Korea….
“I recently went to Korea to compete in the taekwondo international championship. I was very excited and nervous when I first got onto the airplane. When we landed it was lovely and warm and felt very different to when we had got on in Mongolia.
When we attended the championship I felt very good about myself and proud, especially when I thought about the fact that I was representing my own country and the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation on the world stage. I felt so special and confident about my self and it made me realise just how much hard work and commitment pays off.
We worked so hard to be selected on the team and there had been many times when I wanted to give up, but after all I realised that if you continue and if you don’t give up on your goal you can succeed in anything, even something that you once believed was impossible.
“One of my most beautiful memories in life was flying to Korea and knowing that I had been selected on the team. It was such a special feeling and experience for me.
I learnt and saw many different things when I went to Korea. This was my very first time on an airplane and leaving my country to go to somewhere new. I remember feeling so excited when we were getting onto the plane and as we were taking off from the runway. I was so excited that I couldn’t even go to sleep because I wanted to see Korea from the sky.
During the trip we met many different children from all over the world and made lots of new friends. I realised that the world is so much bigger than I ever thought and that Korea was much nicer than I ever expected. It made me want to go out and explore the world much more so that I can see new things and meet lots of different people.
I want my own country to have the same kind of development as Korea and for the Mongolian people to have the same opportunities available to them as the Koreans do.
One of my highlights from the trip was the park; it was just so huge and fun, I loved it! I want all of my brothers and sisters at the Ger Village to be able to go there and play.”