When Junee teenager Jazmin Ross picked up Taekwondo this year, the martial art became about more than just a pastime.
Jazmin, 14, has won a national scholarship to keep up her lessons.
Grace's Pink Belt Scholarship is a variation on a project originally aimed at providing women healing from domestic violence or assault with free self defence classes in an effort to empower them.
14-year-old black belt Grace Sanders and her family fundraised for a specific scholarship to go to a girl aged 13-17 who has a medical or neurological condition.
Both Grace and Jazmin have epilepsy, with Jazmin taking medications for the condition that can impact on her memory.
While Jazmin's first year learning Taekwondo has been heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, she said the martial art had already helped improve her confidence.
"I'm enjoying learning new skills and learning ways about how to defend myself and I enjoy making new friends," she said.
Jazmin's mother Lyndal said Grace was an example of how powerful Taekwondo could be for personal development.
"You're talking about a teenager that's got a black belt, and that takes a huge amount of discipline and skill to get that," she said.
"When you've got a chronic medical condition ... people are focused on the parts of your body that don't work that well, where in Taekwondo you put on the uniform the same as everybody else, and you're expected to do the same things as everybody else.
"Just the actual act of doing Taekwondo can help people overcome so many things."
On Monday, for the final Junee Taekwondo lesson for the season, Grace travelled to Junee to meet Jazmin.
Ms Ross said it was great to see her daughter meet a girl so similar to her to see what was possible.
Jazmin said meeting Grace was "amazing."
"It was so good to meet someone who understands what it's like," she said.
"We have lots in common and bonded which was great."