By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer
Portales resident Audra Brown came home from the tae kwon do world championships last month in Birmingham, England, with a silver medal and plenty of smiles.
The 18-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student captured second place in third-degree black-belt female patterns.
“I was thrilled to win second,” Brown said. “Just one from the top.”
In the finals, each competitor performs two patterns. Brown won one of the performances and her opponent won the other, but won by a wider margin to take the gold.
“It was disappointing. It wasn’t too bad because, among other things, it’s extremely subjective at that level. Because of the level of competition, it’s so close together,” Brown said. Me and the girl that won first, we have very different styles. And the judges just may have liked hers better.”
She also knew that she had the performance of her life.
“I was very happy with my performance in the finals. I know that it was the best I’ve ever done my pattern,” Brown said. “I didn’t make any mistakes.”
Audra has been practicing the sport for more than 11 years and she says her recent accomplishments have made them all worth it.
“It’s very fulfilling after all the years I put into tae kwon do to make it to the world championships and actually place and to get second,” Brown said. “When I was coming up, you just heard about people going to the world championships. You just kind of heard about it and it’s kind of like the Olympics. And now that I’ve actually gone and won medals, it’s just amazing. It’s hard to grasp that I actually did it.”
Brown’s family traveled with her for their first trip to England.
“It made me feel pretty good,” Audra said. “I was glad they were there to see it and give me support.”
“It’s such a great opportunity for Audra and an opportunity for the whole family to get to travel with her,” said Linda Brown, Audra’s mother. “If it wasn’t for this, we wouldn’t be going anywhere.”
Audra Brown earned the bronze medal in power breaking at the last world championships three years ago.
She was joined at the world championships by fellow Portales Tae kwon do students Danielle Houston and Mark Yoesting.