|Salley wins world taekwondo title|
|From Staff Reports|
July 23, 2004 - Seven-year-old Shelby Salley of Sulphur Springs was crowned World Champion at the American Taekwondo World Championship Tournament held in Little Rock, Ark., with more than 4,000 competitors participating from around the world.
The three-day World Championship event began with the battle for World Champion Titles with the top 10 in the world in points competing for the overall award.
Shelby earned a gold medal in forms, making her the first World Champion from Sulphur Springs in almost a decade. She also earned a bronze medal in weapons and in sparring, giving her a top-three finish in all three competitions.
Her mother, Deborah Salley also performed well, earning a bronze medal in both forms and in weapons and a top-10 finish in sparring.
Mackenzie Maxwell won a state championship in weapons as well.
The second day of the tournament opened a new competition season. Ten students from Sulphur Springs ATA Black Belt Academy began the new tournament season with outstanding scores. They included: