Award drives new ambitions

PASSIONATE and driven, Shantelle Thompson says the recent boost to her sporting profile will give her further capacity to be a strong voice in the community.

Aside from striving to be the No.1 ranked Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitor, being a mother to a 12-year-old daughter and 10-year-old twins and running her own business, Ms Thompson wants to create a foundation to help those in the community reach their own goals. 

Six years ago, Ms Thompson founded the Kiilalaana Program, which uses her own story of resilience and growth to inspire and empower others.

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