Talented Jose kicking sporting goals

Jose Millares (13) has been recognised for his taekwondo achievements and has been nominated as an HBF sport hero.
Jose Millares (13) has been recognised for his taekwondo achievements and has been nominated as an HBF sport hero.

The 13-year-old Mercy College student has experienced many successes in martial arts over the years, including winning gold in the cadet 37 to 41kg division at the recent Taekwondo Australia National Championships in Brisbane.

And, now he can add the Times HBF junior sports hero nominee to his string of achievements.

Jose started sports fighting at the age of six and has been the state champion in his division since 2007.

In 2008, Jose, aged eight at the time, was selected to represent WA at the Taekwondo Australia National Championships.

The following year he won gold at the championships and managed to secure his winning title again in 2011, 2012 and 2013. By 2012, he was representing Australia at international level and went on to win silver and claim the best junior fighter title in the 2012 ESTA International Invitational Taekwondo Tournament in Bali. Early 2013, he represented Australia in the Taekwondo Championship US Open in Las Vegas.

When he fights in interstate and overseas open competitions, which is at least four times a year, he rarely returns home without a gold medal in hand. Mrs Millares originally sent Jose to taekwondo classes so he could learn some discipline, but the ancient martial art took on a whole new meaning for her son.