Carly Horn, daughter of Mark and Emily Horn of Paonia, took two bronze medals for sport karate home over the weekend of March 29-30, 2013. She won third place in both the 2013 U.S.A. Junior International Cup and the U.S. Open in Las Vegas, Nev., against girls from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Hawaii, Chicago and California.
This is an amazing feat for the pink-cheeked, petite brunette. Not only was this her first international competition, it was the largest she had ever been to. Undaunted, she worked her way through the brackets with good timing, head-level kicks and smart defense.
The tournaments were sponsored by USA Karate, the national governing body for the United States Olympic Committee and an official member of the World Karate Federation. As such, they are high caliber and enjoy widespread recognition in the world karate arena.
Carly works out at North Fork Karate on Second Street in Paonia with Sensei Rick McGavin. Sensei McGavin, a nationally rated karate referee, is currently developing an excellent youth competition team which aims to compete at tournaments in Colorado, Utah and on the national level.
While Carly's determination and level of commitment are special, they are not rare in this community. There are many kids and adults who take their training just as seriously as she does. Karate is an excellent venue for people who enjoy taking on individual challenges. It increases hand-eye coordination, teaches children how to follow directions, goal-setting, respect and cooperation.
Thank you to Carly's many supporters and donors who made the trip possible. A special thanks to Cocker Kids' Foundation for its support as well. For more information about North Fork Karate, visit the website northforkkarate.com.blog comments powered by Disqus