Talented Taekwondo trio Lindy Joy Crouch, Joshua and Phill Zdybel are preparing to take on the world at the International Taekwondo Federation World Championships in Buenos Aires in late July-early August.
Lindy Joy has Down syndrome and will create history as the first Australian representative in special needs ITF world competition. She will be accompanied on her trip by her mother Jayne.
Lindy Joy, 25, took up Taekwondo as a form of exercise and is now training twice a week as well as doing gym sessions and swimming. She enjoys the sport and the chance to make new friends.
Joshua Zdybel, 15, has been involved in the sport since he was four years old and is preparing for this third world championships. He won a silver medal at the last championships in Rome and this time is aiming for gold in the Under 18 Under 70kg Division.
Joshua and Lindy Joy are both coached by Phill Zdybel in Corio. Phill will also compete in Buenos Aires in the Senior 82-plus kilogram division.
Phill said all three are tracking well in their preparation for the championships, including wins in the Victorian championships in Mildura in May.