Four golds for NMU karateka

The Herald (South Africa) - - Horse Racing -

Madibaz karateka Adre Wei­de­man en­hanced her stand­ing when she re­turned from a na­tional tour­na­ment in Stel­len­bosch with four gold medals.

The 20-year-old Nel­son Man­dela Uni­ver­sity stu­dent, from Korsten in Port El­iz­a­beth, com­peted in the Goju Kai tour­na­ment in Oc­to­ber and ruled the kata and ku­mite cat­e­gories.

Rep­re­sent­ing the East­ern Prov­ince, she also picked up two team golds in the same dis­ci­plines.

Though she lacked some con­fi­dence go­ing into the tour­na­ment, Wei­de­man said her suc­cess made her re­alise she could do any­thing she put her mind to.

“I was re­cov­er­ing from an in­jury and jug­gling a hec­tic aca­demic sched­ule, which of­ten caused my train­ing to take a back seat,” the third-year hu­man move­ment sci­ence stu­dent said.

“Apart from all the in­se­cu­ri­ties about whether I had trained enough and if I had fully re­cov­ered, th­ese medals have pro­vided the mo­ti­va­tion for me to keep push­ing and to be­lieve in my­self.”

She said a num­ber of fac­tors had con­trib­uted to her suc­cess.

“Thanks to the con­stant mo­ti­va­tion from my coaches Shi­han Clay­ton Thom and sen­sei Warda Mal­lick, as well as from my fam­ily, I had no choice but to ap­ply my mind to do the best I can.

“I was also hon­oured to be cho­sen as a pro­vin­cial coach for the team. Be­ing put in this po­si­tion of trust meant I wanted to prove I was the right per­son for the job, and that mo­ti­vated me even more.”

The third fac­tor had a per­sonal ring to it be­cause Wei­de­man com­peted along­side her sis­ter, Luchay, a Grade 10 pupil at St James High.

“She is a world medal­list [in her age group] and just com­pet­ing with her made me bring my best to the ta­ble,” she said.

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