Local taekwondo champ has Olympic dreams

Local taekwondo champ has Olympic dreams

Carmel Valley’s Andrew Heiati has dreams of representing his country in the Olympics after winning an individual junior sparring title at the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) PanAm Championships in Peru last October. The 16-year-old black belt is a junior at High Bluff Academy.

“The best part was holding the flag and running with it and representing my country,” Andrew said. “To fight for the title and fight for your country in another country is really powerful.”

Andrew began doing taekwondo in kindergarten, as part of an after-school program hosted by Church’s Martial Arts.

Andrew Heiati was proud to represent the U.S. at the PanAm Championships in Peru...