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Parma native wins gold at AAU national competition

Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Aaron Waters
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Aaron Waters, son of Ray and Umeka Waters, dominated the Tae Kwon Do competition of the boys 12-13 year-old division at an AAU national event in Knoxville, Tenn., July 3-8.

Waters, 13, won gold medals in Olympic and point sparring and a bronze medal in forms.

"It feels pretty good," said Waters. "Not many around here have done that. I was trying to win. Whenever I fight I just block all the winning and the gold medal out and try to concentrate on my job while I'm in the ring. I just think of what I need to do while I'm sparring. After every fight I thought about the gold medal. But I never think about it when I'm in the ring."

Waters, of Parma, was trained by Woodrow Speed and Travis Glueck. With only two weeks of training for Olympic sparring, Speed said Waters made it look easy because of his versatility and hard work.

Waters has been training and competing in Tae Kwon Do for six years. Waters has high aspirations for his future in martial arts.

"Hopefully next year I can go to the Olympics and win a gold medal there," said Waters.

Waters said he would like to thank all the sponsors that helped make his journey a success.