SKISA Verulam tigers shine at tournament

2017-01-26 06:01
SKISA karate Tigers who excelled at the recent tournament (from left) Devendran Govender, Sivan Naidoo and Jaryd Murugan with Senseis Lorenzo and Njabulo at karate classes at Lotusville Primary School. Photo: supplied

SKISA karate Tigers who excelled at the recent tournament (from left) Devendran Govender, Sivan Naidoo and Jaryd Murugan with Senseis Lorenzo and Njabulo at karate classes at Lotusville Primary School. Photo: supplied

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SKISA Verulam karate ‘tigers’ shone brightly at Sunday’s KZN eThekwini Regional championships 2017 hosted at the Tongaat Sports Centre.

Seasoned tournament campaigner Devendran Govender and newcomer Sivan Naidoo demolished all opposition and were crowned eThekwini regional champions 2017 winning gold medals in their respective categories.

In addition Jared Murugan, a very promising young athlete, achieved a silver medal amid tough opposition after narrowly missing out on gold and the title.

All three medallists, who will receive their eThekwini regional colours, will fight for the top honours in the KZN provincial championships on 5 February.

The Verulam karate tigers Devendran, Sivan and Jared regularly attend karate classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at the SKISA Lotusville Karate Club and train under well-known KZN instructors Sensei Lorenzo Pillay and Shotokan world champion Njabulo Khumalo, who is currently the vice president of Karate KZN.

Both instructors, who are KSA affiliated karate instructors, are extremely happy with their students’ outstanding performance at the tournament.

“We are confident our three Verulam champions will feature among the medals at the forthcoming KZN provincials as well,” said Lorenzo, who serves as the eThekwini Karate Federation technical convenor.

President of KSA Sonny Pillay Hanshi, who delivered the keynote address at the regional championships on Sunday, expressed his delight at the huge turnout of both spectators and athletes at the event.

“Karate is alive well and kicking in the eThekwini region,” said the SA karate legend Pillay.

“Given that WKF /KSA karate is now an Olympic sport, I am particularly impressed to see so many children participate in the tournament arena of karate.”

Pillay, president of the national governing body for karate which includes Karate South Africa (KSA), once again cautioned parents to choose wisely when enrolling their children in karate classes.

“Beware of bogus so called karate instructors,” said Pillay.

For all karate inquiries on the North Coast, call the SKISA HQ 082 302 9504 or email lorenzo.pillay@gmail.com

- Supplied.

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