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Help Lee kick off

Wednesday, 28th March, 2018

Local Taekwondo Master, Lee Hermansson ahead of his trip to Argentina in July. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Local Taekwondo Master, Lee Hermansson ahead of his trip to Argentina in July. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

Broken Hill’s taekwondo extraordinaire Lee Hermansson will be heading to Argentina in July for the International Taekwondo Championships as a special needs competitor.

Lee was a world taekwondo champion in both 1995 and 1997, he is a 7th degree black belt and Broken Hill’s first Taekwondo Master.

Lee has been doing taekwondo for 40 years and has continued to love the martial art even after his unfortunate accident in 2001 which resulted in brain surgery. 

The 2018 International Taekwondo Federation World Championships are being held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The competition will run from July 31 through to August 5. 

Lee will leave Broken Hill on July 26, he will travel from Broken Hill, to Mildura, to Melbourne, to New Zealand to finally end up in Argentina.

It will cost $5000 to travel over to Argentina, compete and then come back. With the assistance of local businesses Lee has raised some funds to support his journey.

Some of the sponsors include McDonalds Broken Hill, Hungry Jacks, Broken Hill Toyota and Mazda, AMP and Broken Hill Chiropractic. 

“I’m excited, I’ve been training and I’m very excited,” said Mr Hermansson. 

“I would like for Broken Hill to get behind me.”

Anyone who would like to contribute to assist Lee can do so with the following bank details:

 

Nab Bank 

BSB - 082 937 

Account Number - 156 061 774

 

Lee said that anyone who donates to help fundraise for his trip will receive three months of lessons free and a free uniform.

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