Biography:

Ashley-Kraayeveld_600Ashley Kraayeveld made her international debut in 2008 when she won gold in the youth division at the Dutch Open. She went on to compete at that year’s World Junior Championships before winning gold at the 2009 Junior Pan American Championships. Kraayeveld moved into the senior ranks in 2011 and made her senior WTF World Championship debut in 2013. It was in 2014 that she had her breakthrough season, reaching the podium in each international event she entered. She achieved a career highlight by winning gold at the Pan American Championships. She was also victorious at the Australia Open and Costa Rica Open and won silver at the US Open to go with bronze medals at the Mexico Open and Commonwealth Championships. More podium finishes followed in 2015, including gold medals at the Canada Open and Mexico Open.

PERSONAL

Family: Parents Jan and Dorothy Kraayeveld… Older brother Paul… Getting into the Sport: Started taekwondo at age 8… Her father, a 7th degree black belt in jujitsu, signed her up for taekwondo because of the competitiveness of the sport and its Olympic presence… Outside Interests: Graduated from Humber College in 2015 with a four-year Bachelor of Nursing degree… Enjoys traveling, trying new things… Works as a waitress… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Good. Better. Best. Never rest until good becomes better and better becomes best”… Inspired by 2008 Olympic silver medallist Karine Sergerie because she accomplished so much despite dealing with political challenges… Game day routine includes listening to pump up music and reading over notes/quotes/affirmations… Always travels with her rosary… Collects badges from her competitions… Nickname: Ash…

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

WTF WCh: 2015 – Rd of 32 (62kg); 2013 – Rd of 32 (62kg)

PAC: 2014 – GOLD (62kg)