Purdy girl places at Taekwondo tournament
Haley Burnett wins honors for Gold Dragon school in Monett
A rural Purdy student at the Gold Dragon Taekwondo school in Monett earned a third place finish at the Ozark Mountain Nationals Karate Tournament, held July 29 and 30 at the Ramada Inn Convention Center in Springfield.
Haley Love Burnett, 11, the daughter of James Burnett and Heather Syring and a student at the Purdy schools, won third place in the double elimination sparring contest for the age 11-12 division, where she faced a field of 10 competitors in sparring and a medal for traditional forms competition at the tournament. This was Burnett's first competition.
"I was nervous at first," Haley said. "I thought it would be hard and really exciting. Whenever I got to sparring, the nervousness wore off. I learned I need to practice more and be a little more confident."
"She gets her Marine attitude from her dad," James Burnett said.
Haley will compete again in September at Crowder College in Neosho. She would like to earn a place on the women's U.S. Olympics team in Taekwondo some day. Her teacher at the Gold Dragon school is Dell Mackey.