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Norma Foster fought against society’s idea that women could not participate equally in sports. Students will learn how she battled discrimination to succeed in the world of karate.


  • First woman in Aberdeen, Scotland to earn a black belt in Karate
  • First woman referee for World Karate Federation
  • First woman on World Karate Federation referee council
  • Seventh-degree black belt in the Wado-Ryu style of karate
  • Helped establish women’s karate team events for the first time in 1983
  • National Karate Association champion, kumite and kata, 1984, 1985, 1986
  • Was a competitive swimmer up until the age of 14. When she was told she was not good enough, Norma took up Karate