Pair take family fights to new level
Siblings prepare for championshipsJAMIE SEARLE
Taekwondo exponents Taine Forbes and his sister Ryshae have collectively won about 40 medals and 20 trophies at competitions.
Taine, of Southland Boys' High School, took up the sport eight years ago and is a first dan black belt in the under 63kg division.
The highest level is a ninth dan black belt.
Ryshae, who attends Southland Girls' High School, competes as a red belt in the under 40kg grade. She became interested in taekwondo by watching her brother train. After observing for six months, she joined Taine as a member of the Aparima Taekwondo Club in 2008.
Their parents, Selina and Gavin Forbes, try to attend most of the fights.
"We get nervous beforehand, but we love it," Selina said.
Gavin added: "We don't want to see anyone hurt. We just want a good fight."
Taekwondo has helped Taine with life skills.
"It's an amazing sport. It teaches you body control, mental control and discipline," he said.
A broken toe probably cost him a gold medal at the national taekwondo championships in Auckland this month. He was one of 13 representing the Aparima club.
Taine knew he had a serious toe injury for three weeks before travelling north. It was strapped up in the hope it would enable him to complete all fights at the championship.
The teenager won his first four fights but pain from the toe during the final, forced him to stop. He had to settle for the silver medal.
"I was gutted, not happy," Taine said.
Ryshae won a bronze medal at the same event. The siblings are now preparing for the South Island Championships at Stadium Southland in Invercargill on June 7.
Taine has held the South Island under 63kg title for two years, while four years ago he was New Zealand champion for his weight division.
He could be selected for a New Zealand team to compete at Oceania championships later in the year. Taine is among an elite group invited to a training camp in Palmerston North in July, after which the New Zealand team will be announced.
- The Southland Times