HE’S not much more than a metre tall, but Dash Ferguson’s size matters little when his taekwondo prowess is on display.
The six-year-old Edgewater resident enjoys surprising spectators who may expect less from his 110cm frame.
The youngster boasts the nickname ‘Dash the Flash’.
“I like earning new tags and winning medals at tournaments, especially when people see how small I am,” he said.
The resilient brown belt was hospitalised with an asthma attack last year, but insisted on competing in an ATI Martial Arts tournament the next day. He finished with a medal from that meet despite the attack.
His mother Jo said there was little that would stop him.
“I tell him to slow down and rest but he has never let his asthma stop him from giving 100 per cent and he insists I just bring his inhaler along,” she said.
“Dash has been in and out of hospital with asthma attacks for years.”
On another occasion an opponent knocked Dash’s tooth out.
Not be deterred, he returned the next day and won gold in his sparring tournament finals.
Dash dreams of representing Australia at the Olympics.
He is a nominee in the Community Newspaper Group’s Local Sports Star Awards. Visit www.localsportsstars.com.au to nominate a deserving athlete.