Hey everyone! So in this post I will talk a little bit about myself and where I come from.
To start, I was born in Canada’s largest city Toronto, to parents that have fled Yugoslavia during difficult times and found this wonderful country we all call home. I am so great full and proud of my parents for there extremely hard work to give me so many opportunities, a safe, and a loving home for both my brother and me. From the age of three I have been pursuing three of my greatest passions, taekwondo, skiing, and dance that have taught me many things in life and gave me an opportunity to work with children. I have always been a devoted to taekwondo, and recently started to compete, where I won 1st (junior female team) and 4th (junior pair) place in Montreal at Canada Open in 2016, as well as I came 1st (junior female team) and 2nd (junior pair) place in Calgary at Canada Nationals in 2016. Thus, I qualified to be part of Team Canada for the 10th World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Peru where in my division I won 12th place in the world.
A little off the topic, but I would like to add that Peru was an amazing experience from the food to the culture, it was truly magical. After the competition when I went to Machu Picchu and stood on the ancient ruins of the Inca civilization, thousands of feet above sea level it was so uplifting and incredible that among everything I felt so free. As well, during the competition I met so many great people and national teams that I will always cherish those memories with them and the one’s in the life opportunity to compete at such a high level (equal to the Olympics) for my country Canada. GO CANADA!!!
I am also a Level 1 CSIA ski instructor and an academically driven Honors student, who has received the highest qualifying scores on the SAT for John Hopkins CTY in Canada. Fluent in English and Serbian, I aspire to fortify my knowledge in French and Spanish. Though, I ardently believe in gender equality, I have dedicated to dedicate my platform to all children across Canada and the world.
Throughout my life I have regularly been volunteering and working with children of all ages and involved in athletics, that I wish to combine these two strong passions. By seeing many children of the 21st century suffer so profoundly as a result of various treacheries, through my title I aims to advocate for these children and to incorporate those who are disabled into sports. I believe that children are the future and our only hope for change and peace in this world. One day when I achieve my personal goal to become a doctor, I wish to travel the world and help these children as best as I can, since they deserve more than we have all given them.
I hoped you enjoyed reading a little about me.
Miss Teen GTA – Yanna 😊