Ten-year-old Jess Borg has become one of Australia’s best tae kwon do juniors.
Ten-year-old Jess Borg has become one of Australia’s best tae kwon do juniors. Mike Knott

Black belt Borg national hope

IT doesn't often happen, but when feisty Jess Borg achieved a double grading to progress to her black belt it didn't surprise instructor Tim Annett.

The 10-year-old ASP pupil has all the ingredients required to reach the top, and will now face the ultimate test after graduating to the black belt.

An arduous period of push-ups, board breaks, terminology and sparring routines was carried out by Borg, with Annett on hand to assess.

The youngster did so well that she skipped the third tip red belt which means she will now fight fellow black-belters at the October nationals in Canberra.

“I chose to do it that way, though,” Borg said.

“It will be hard, but I think I'm ready.”

Annett knows she is ready.

“She's probably only lost one fight all season and is definitely capable of matching that standard,” he said.

“She switches on when she gets tested and she is able to control it, which is very important.”

Borg has only had two years in the sport, meaning her progression to black has been a swift one.

“She works hard, no question,” Annett said.

“It's safe to say she is one of the best for her age in the state, if not the country.”

Just how high she ranks will be officially found out in Canberra come October.



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