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Tayla Davidson will represent New Zealand at the World Karate Federation Oceania Champs.

Rakaia’s Tayla Davidson will represent New Zealand at the World Karate Federation Oceania Champs in New Caledonia in June and has also been selected to attend a training camp that could she her selected for the WKF World Championships in Turkey in October.

The Ashburton College student is back on track with her karate dreams after a covid ravaged 2021 halted international travel and competition and forced the cancellation of regional and national tournaments.

Tayla said she was stoked and excited to be be selected for the Oceania event and was looking forward to representing her country again. She had travelled to Croatia, England and Australia previously to represent New Zealand and was proud to have another opportunity.

The Oceania champs will bring together some of the best karate exponents from the region and the NZ team, including coaches and supporters, is likely to number 70.

Tayla said this year was shaping up to be a good year and she was very happy to have been selected for the high performance training camp.

She hoped to impress coaches at the three-day camp and to be selected for the WKF Cadet, Junior and U21 World Championships in Konya, Turkey from October 26-20.

The 15-year-old travels up to Christchurch for training twice a week and up to four times when she is nearing a bigger event. She also trains in the garage at home.

She started in the sport of karate as a six-year-old and was unbeaten in her division for three straight years.

Tayla has been a national champion for the past three years in kumite (fighting).

-By Mick Jensen