Whiteland senior Taylor Dorothy has accomplished much more than many her age; she’s a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo, an eight-time Indiana state champion and a three-time world bronze medalist.
“When I was younger, my sister and I used to watch ‘Power Rangers’ and ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,’ and beating up on your older sister is kinda frowned upon, so we needed something to channel that energy into,” joked Dorothy, who only started competing three years ago.
“For me to be where I am today, I wouldn’t have imagined it,” she added.
“She’s competing at the 15-17 [age group], girls, who are what I would call elite athletes,” said Tammy Parker, Dorothy’s coach. “She’s competing with other competitive cheerleaders who are also martial artists across the country, so to be placing a bronze level, she’s doing very well.”
Dorothy said there’s a lot more to competing in Taekwondo than people might realize.
“I do a lot of cardio and strength and stuff here,” said Dorothy. “It takes a lot; especially if you want to do the gymnastics part of it, because you have to have gymnastics mixed with martial arts mixed with dance. It takes a lot of energy.”