Back row: Tyheel Jagarath, Yajna Maharaj, Dheashna Govender and Thando Ngoma. Front row: Yash Hiralal, Sengezo Ngcobo and Declan Govender.
Proud students from the Association of Shotokan Karate Do South Africa (ASKDSA) took on the recent SA Development Tournament, held at the Tongaat Sports Hall.
Karate South Africa (KSA) believes in promoting and developing athletes for the future.
There were athletes from all provinces present at the event and the standard of karate displayed was very high.
Karatekas from ASKDSA dominated their respective divisions by bringing home medals.
The male and female seven to 13 years team kata scooped gold. The male team comprised of Sengezo Ngcobo, Tyheel Jagarath and Yash Hiralal while the female team comprised of Yajna Maharaj, Thando Ngoma and Dheashna Govender.
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Declan Govender won silver in the eight to nine years, under 30kg division while Thando Ngoma won bronze in the 10 to 11 years, under 45kg division.
Sengezo Ngcobo won gold for 10 to 11 years kata and bronze for kumite under 35kg division. Yajna Maharaj was the grand champion, winning two gold medals in the 10 to 11 years kata and over 45kg kumite division.
Dheashna Govender won gold for kumite in the 12 to 13 years, over 47kg kumite division while Yash Hiralal won gold in the 12 to 13 years kata division. This is indeed a great achievement for ASKDSA athletes overall.
Sensei Vijay Govender, Protea coach and Sensei Rodney Govender, a national referee has worked with these athletes extensively.
They said that these athletes have worked hard to achieve their goals. Their dedication and perseverance have made it possible for them to excel.