Weight: 118 pounds
Birthplace: McKeesport, Pa.
Residence: Fresno, Calif.
High School: Westchester H.S. (Los Angeles, Calif.) '69
College: California State University - Long Beach '73
Major: Social Welfare
Grad School: California State University - Fresno '95
Major: Master of Social Work
Coach: Misha Thackrey
Dojang: Martial Art Fresno.Com/Thackrey Taekwondo
Instructors: Chan Yong Kim (Cerritos, Calif.), Seoung Eui Shin (Nashville, Tenn.), John Miller (Altoona, Pa.)
Hobbies include gardening and stained glass...started taekwondo on October 1, 1974, and received her 1st Dan in 1977...her son, Tim Thackrey, is an eight-time U.S. National Team member and a bronze medalist at the 2003 World Championships...her husband, Misha Thackrey, is the U.S. National Poomsae Team Coach and an international referee...her brother, Ron Bell, was a member of the gymnastics team at UC-Berkeley that won the NCAA national championship in 1975.
Did You Know?: Noreen is a licensed clinical social worker in the State of California and the adoption program supervisor for ASPIRAnet, a California statewide adoption and foster care agency, working to help foster children achieve the goal of a permanent home or to maintain a life-long connection.
Noreen's Words of Wisdom for Older Athletes: "Never stop kicking!!!"
2012 U.S. Open (3rd Masters Poomsae): GOLD
2011 USAT San Diego National Qualifier (2nd Masters Poomsae): SILVER
2009 World Poomsae Championships (2nd Master): 7th
2009 National Poomsae Team Member
2009 National Poomsae Team Trials (2nd Masters): 1st
2008 National Poomsae Team Member
2008 National Poomsae Team Trials (Female 2nd Master): 1st
2008 Kukkiwon Hanmadang (Women's 6th Dan 51+): GOLD
2008 USAT Fresno National Qualifier (Female 2nd Master): GOLD
2007 National Poomsae Team Member
2007 2nd WTF Poomsae Championships (Female 2nd Team): BRONZE
2007 2nd WTF Poomsae Championship (Female 2nd Master): BRONZE
2007 USAT National Poomsae Team Trials (Female 2nd Master): 1st
2007 USAT National Poomsae Team Trials (Female 2nd Team): 1st
2007 USAT National Championships (Female 6th Dan/lightweight): GOLD
2006 1st WTF Poomsae Championship Team Member (Female 2nd Master)
last updated 2/28/12