Fay Shacklock is indeed a champion amongst champions.
There are few titles within the world of taekwondo this Forster woman has not attained.
From her international seventh dan _ seven levels above a blackbelt – to maintaining a 25-year unbeaten run in the power breaking discipline at the Pan Pacific Masters Games Fay epitomises every aspect of the sport.
But, Fay’s appointment earlier this month as the inaugural Ambassador for Australian Taekwondo is her proudest.
Australian Taekwondo is the only national sporting organisation for taekwondo in Australia recognised by the Federal government and Olympic committee.
In the 36 years since Fay began the sport she has embraced all principals of tawkwondo, etiquette, respect, courtesy, integrity, perseverance and self-control.
She has been recognised as the ‘humanitarian of taekwondo’ and has been inducted into the taekwondo international hall of fame for her outstanding work with children and the elderly.
Fay has earned the title of the first ever national elected female vice-president of taekwondo in Australia and the first ever female inducted into the taekwondo international hall of fame for her humanitarian and pioneer acts.
Using her principals of taekwondo, Fay has had outstanding success helping street kids, bullying and victims of domestic violence deal with and work through their circumstances.
“I make them feel good about themselves,” Fay said.
“Taekwondo as a whole is about respect and commitment.
“Often, people who have self esteem problems are bullied.”
Her selflessness has her adhering to the promise that she will help someone every day.
“I feel satisfied in me as a person.”