Caela Finnegan

Caela Finnegan

JLA Member (Junior Leadership Academy)

My name is Caela, and I am 10 years old.

I have 2 brothers - Cathal and Cillian, my Mummy, Daddy and my Dog, who is called Finn. And that is my Family, I love to play with Finn, he is very excitable and full of energy, all of the time.  I and Finn have a lot of fun time together.

When I am not playing with Finn, I might be at football, karate, baking, doing art or at school.  These are my hobbies (apart from being at school lol) and the things I enjoy the most.

When I was 7 I wanted to do a hobby where I could make new friends and do an activity that I would enjoy.  I thought I would enjoy dance lessons, but I didn't really enjoy them, so daddy took me over to Robson's Family Karate to try their classes and I have been here ever since. :)

My brother Cathal also came to the classes too.  In the classes, I felt comfortable and I enjoyed it.  After a while, we were told we would be doing our grading to earn our first belt.  I was nervous and thought I was not going to get it, but I did!  When I got my belt I felt really happy, I was very proud of myself and my family was also proud of me.  I have since completed lots of gradings and now I am on my Red Belt with 2 Tags (the stage before Black Belt Test).

During my Karate journey, I have become more confident and also a lot more flexible.  I have learned how to show respect to others and how to control my feelings.  I like being part of the JLA team and helping the younger students and I enjoy working with my teammates, Kayden, Xyleena, Molly, Tyler and Aoife.

Karate has helped me so much in my health and fitness and ability.  I am now one belt test away from the First Dan Black Belt, which is a very important part of my Karate journey,  I hope to stay at Karate far into my future.