Be The Inspiraion: Andrea Kilday
Why is accuracy important to Taekwondo?
Accuracy is the most important thing in Taekwondo. Timing is everything, you need to be able to connect with your opponent’s body at exactly the right time.
How do you achieve this level of skill?
I achieve this level of skill from doing lots of different drills, I’ve always been reasonably quick, but my accuracy has been built up from training. I do lots of skills training, a lot of gym work to build up my legs and core as well as things like deadlifts, squats, lunges, etc. Power is not so vital in Taekwondo – what is crucial is having good technique. The whole point is to score as many points as you can when you hit your opponent. Power used to be more important, but the sport has changed with technology and athletes are now kitted up with a set of senses that determine how many points are scored on a hit.
What about mental skills?
Mental skills are something I have had to really work on. It’s vital to have confidence, believe in yourself, and focus on what you’re good at. There is a lot of competition and a lot of negativity, so I work to shut all of that out and focus on what I can do well.
Tell us about sport/life balance?
I have two kids that I am raising whilst also training for the Olympics. Keeping the balance is not easy and its something I’ve had to work at over time. My schedule and routine are very important and I’m lucky to have a very supportive boss that allows me to take time off.
Why do you love the sport?
I love it because I can just show people what I am capable of - and of course it’s fun! I’m really excited to go to Rio and show people what I can do. It feels great knowing I’m the inspiration for so many New Zealanders.