World Taekwondo Champion & Business Woman
Australia's first ever world taekwondo champion. In 2013, Carmen won the women's lightweight gold medal at the World Taekwondo Championships. Carmen trained from 8 years of age and her successes started early: at age 14 she became the youngest Australian athlete to win selection in the senior Australian National Team to compete in the World Taekwondo Championships. Since then, Carmen has won 9 medals in various international competitions. Most recently, Carmen and her sister qualified for the Rio Olympics: her third appearance at the Olympics.
Carmen comes from a taekwondo family: her father ran a taekwondo school and her partner Safwan and two siblings, Jack and Caroline, all compete internationally. Carmen has a degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Deakin University and has recently been awarded an Elite Athlete Scholarship to complete her MBA at the University of Sydney. During her career, she has been sponsored by Swisse Multivitamins and 2XU.
Carmen is an advocate for women in sport and often appears as a role model and public speaker at Victorian and Australian Olympic Council events and state school programs. This year she has also been selected as part of the Ernst & Young Women Athletes Business Network Mentoring Program.
Those close to Carmen describe her as focused, not taking no for an answer, having clear goals and being wildly passionate.