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:

  • Ashley Wilburn, second in forms, second in weapons, third in sparring.
  • Chris Sorley, second in weapons, second in sparring.
  • Garrett Sample, second in sparring.
  • Mackenzie Maxwell, second in sparring.
  • Cynthia Sample, third in forms, third in sparring.
  • Ryan Henton, fourth in forms, fourth in weapons.
  • Geoffrey Holter, fourth in forms, fourth in weapons.
  • Makenzie Sorley, fourth in forms.
  • Lauren Sample, fourth in forms.

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