DANIELLE Smith has silver threads among the gold and, yes, they've coloured her attitude.
The Norwest physiotherapist proved how far she's advanced in the kicking caper by winning two taekwondo silver medals at the World Masters Games in Turin, Italy last month.
"I was totally unsure of how I'd go but I had high expectations," said Smith of her first major overseas competition.
She surprised herself.
"I went in two events, sparring and poomsae (technical patterns)," Smith said. "I made it to the sparring final but lost to Great Britain.
"The girl had had 28 registered fights, was world champion five times and European champion three times.
"There was a seven-point difference and four of those points were unfairly awarded for a head-kick which actually only hit my arm. Our protest was denied.
"Poomsae was a tough division.
"I came second to the current world champion from Germany (she's been world champ for the last five years), but I beat two girls from Italy and one from Spain by a convincing margin."
Emboldened, Smith is now looking beyond the Australian titles this weekend.
She competes in the 35-45 years division and is the reigning state champion in sparring and poomsae.
"If I can win gold again in poomsae I will qualify for the world championships in Bali at the end of October," she said of the nationals.
When not treating her patients' bumps and bruises, Smith is happy to treat her own, because taekwondo has become her passion since she took it up at 35.
She has had a bit of expertise to help kick her along.
Dianne Carn, the master of Irontiger Taekwondo, where she trains daily, is a former Commonwealth Games representative.
If anyone wants to give her a financial boost her number is 0420 315 171 or you can email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.