EVART — It isn’t always easy for a 13-year-old girl to build strength and confidence, but two gold medals in martial arts have changed Larae Roberds, 13, of Barryton, from a timid girl to one who can — and will — protect herself.
“We started her out when she was 5 years old with a family friend and she just continued on,” said Dana Roberds, Larae’s mother. “She competed when she was about 7 years old for the first time and got her first taste of the medal. With some other instances that have happened, she has really focused on Tae Kwon Do. We told her, ‘It’s all about you. If you want it, go get it.’ She’s been really encouraged and really focused on it.”