Carmen Marton is a Manager and Coach at the Melbourne Taekwondo Centre. Raised in Melbourne, she began learning taekwondo at the age of 8 with her fathers’ encouragement. At age 14, she won her first international gold medal as a junior at the Korean Open and months later became the youngest athlete from Australia to secure a place on a senior National Team competing at the 2001 World Cup. Carmen competed in her first World Taekwondo Championships later that year. She has since competed in an Australian record of 9 Senior World Taekwondo Championships which are held every two years. As a junior, Carmen achieved a number of international benchmark results winning silver at both the 2001 and 2003 Junior Asian Championships. In 2002, at the age of 16, she became the first female and youngest athlete from Australia to win a silver medal at the senior World Cup. Since then, Carmen has secured a Bronze at the 2004 Asian Championships, Bronze at the 2005 World Championships, Bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Test Event, Bronze at the 2011 World Universiade, Bronze at the 2012 World University Championships, and became the first ever Australian to win Gold at the 2013 World Championships. She has competed in 3 Olympic Games- 2008 Beijing Olympics where Carmen was narrowly defeated by Brazillian athlete Natália Falavigna in the quarterfinals and the 2012 London Olympics where she narrowly missed out on a Bronze medal as she was defeated by German Helena Fromm in the final round.