But no one stands on the podium alone. A true champion knows that standing on the podium is like standing on the shoulders of their biggest, most steadfast, and doggedly loyal fans. For many, these most ardent supporters are their parents.
This year, 94 schools brought over 750 competitors to the mats inside the Walter Pyramid at Cal State Long Beach. Quest had a particularly strong showing, with a contingent of 27 athletes competing in poomsae and/or sparring.
“The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.” ~ Howard Cosell
Competition is not just about winning. Competition is an essential part of an athlete’s growth – in ability and in character.