Judo star Matthew (12) shines in Bloem

2017-07-12 06:01
Matthew Koutsoudis with his medal.                Photo: SUPPLIED

Matthew Koutsoudis with his medal. Photo: SUPPLIED

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SUMMERWOOD Primary School Grade 6 learner Matthew Koutsoudis (12) recently travelled to Bloemfontein to attend the SA Judo championships where he earned his SA Judo colours.

Matthew is a member of PS Bro’s Martial Arts Academy, where he is trained by sensei Sindile Manengela and sensei Peter Anderhold. Matthew obtained his EP/NMBJ colours and represented EP from 2014 to 2017.

He has won silver at the SA championships in 2014 and gold in 2015, 2016 and 2017 making him the SA judo champion in his age and weight category for three years in a row.

His proud mother, Goldene, said his achievements came with a lot of hard work.

“There are a lot of expenses that come with Matthew having to travel at least four times a year to compete nationally. We have been very fortunate to have been sponsored by Friedman Scheckter Attorneys this year.”

Goldene added that Matthew is a Christian judoka who is modest about his achievements.

“It takes a lot of self-discipline, dedication and hard work. He believes in always giving his best and maintaining a positive attitude. He would like to thank his club, senseis, sponsors and give all glory to God.”

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