“I wanted to try it out,” said Roberts. “When I went to the (karate) classes, I just loved it.”
Roberts, who is 4 feet 10 inches tall, no longer competes in the karate fighting competitions because of her size. But she is a standout performer when it comes to performing the karate styles, including wielding swords.
She works out four days a week for a minimum of two hours a day at Shito-Kai Ohio in West Chester Twp. and credits her sensei – karate instructor – Alex Dell for so much of her success.
“He’s a great coach and a great person,” Roberts said of Dell, who has trained her for eight years. “He’s very kind and understanding – he always makes sure to help me whenever I need him. I never would have made it as far as I have in karate without him.”
Roberts has earned more than two dozen gold medals over past regional and national competitions that have taken her all over the country – California, Florida, Georgia, Texas and more. But this trip to Cluj-Napoca, Romania, for the World Union of Karate-Do Federation event, was her first international competition.
“The whole U.S. team was there rooting for you when you would compete,” she noted. “We did some traveling out into the countryside. The whole experience was a lot of fun,” she said.
Dirk Allen, spokesman for Badin, said Roberts “has a black belt in karate, she has a lot of personality, and it’s no surprise that she is so successful.”
“This is not an activity that is related to Badin High School, but we’re proud to have her as a member of the Badin family who represents our country in such an outstanding fashion,” said Allen.