OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — One local middle schooler has made history. Logan Weber just got back from competing in tournaments around the world, and received a medal in every event at the elite level in Tae Kwon Do.
“Everyone tells me that it’s even more than I think it is, to imagine that it’s more, it’s still amazing to me that I’ve made it this far,” said 13-year-old Logan Weber, the first Kansas athlete to make the U.S. Cadet National Team in Tae Kwon Do.
A cadet is a person in the 12-to-14 year old age group.
“Once I first won, it was just kind of like, did I really just do this? It kind of came as a shock to me,” Weber said.
“Kansas in general has not been known as a big sport Tae Kwon Do state,” said Logan’s coach Seth Wilson.
He said out of his 20 plus years being an instructor, he knew Logan would have the opportunity to go far.
“I do believe that Logan’s skill level is above a lot of the others in the age division,” Wilson added.
“It’s just amazing to watch her build her dreams, work hard,” said Logan’s mom, Pamela.
She said she originally put Logan in Tae Kwon Do at age six to learn self-defense.
“When she first started, she hated the sparring part, she didn’t want to kick anybody, she cried the first two days,” said Pamela.
“I ended up falling in love with the sport and kept going with it,” said Logan.
Logan said she realized a few years into it she was getting better. So she kept training and decided to become competitive. Now she holds the title of being the first Kansan to make the U.S. Cadet National Team.
“I never really imagined it, I just thought competing was fun, I just wanted to do it for fun,” Logan said.
Logan is working toward her goal to make more national teams and hoping to compete in the 2020 Olympics.