Meet The Vines youngster with a black belt in taekwondo and his eye on a national title


Cameron Schnell of The Vines with coach Clayton Simpson. |Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au   d457835
Cameron Schnell of The Vines with coach Clayton Simpson. |Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d457835

JUST over two years ago, Cameron Schnell (12) had never even tried taekwondo.

With a background as a high-level dancer, The Vines resident decided he wanted to try his hand at something else.

Mum Lesley took him to CORE Martial Arts in Ellenbrook, where he instantly impressed head instructor Clayton Simpson.

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Fast forward to now and he is the state champion about to compete at national and international levels.

“I knew as soon as I saw him he had potential,” Mr Simpson said.

“I got him to do a kick and he nailed it on his first or second go.

“He got his black belt five months ago, which is remarkable for how little time he’s been doing taekwondo.”

Later this week Cameron will compete at the National Championships in Bendigo, Victoria, with 30 others from the Ellenbrook club.

As soon as he returns, he will be straight back into preparation for the WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Peru at the end of September, where he will represent Australia.

Cameron has also found himself in the record books at his club as the first student to be selected for the Poomsae World Championships.

The Guildford Grammar student said he was thrilled to represent his country.

“I’m very excited to be getting the chance to compete for Australia,” he said.

“It was a goal of mine at the beginning of this year to try be selected to represent Australia at the Oceania Championships; I didn’t think I would be competing at Worlds for a couple of years yet.

“I am very honoured and feel very lucky to have been given this opportunity.”

Mr Simpson said Cameron, who will also compete in the Oceania Championships in November, showed great discipline and commitment, training four to seven times a week.

“It’s amazing considering the fact there are boys a year or two older that have been doing taekwondo for longer,” he said.

“Yet Cameron is managing to keep up and even beat them.”