Champ wants to be best

2017-05-30 06:02
Brady Brown during a karate practise.

Brady Brown during a karate practise.

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Lack of funds will see 13-year-old Brady Brown from Kensington watching a travel opportunity flash by as his parents cannot afford the R36 000 needed to fly him to an overseas karate competition.

Brown has been selected to represent South Africa in Umag, Croatia after winning a series of national competitions.

His father, Llewellyn Brown, says their income is not enough to give him this opportunity of a lifetime and they are appealing to members of the public to help. He says Brady has three upcoming competitions away from home which all need money. They want him to attend them all or at least two of them.

He says: “We as Brady’s parents are very proud of him as we know how hard he worked to get where he is but we are also saddened by the fact that we cannot afford to send him to Croatia due to financial issues. This trip alone will cost us R36 000, which we cannot afford.

“We are currently focused on raising funds for him to ensure that he can part take in the national championship in June and the Commonwealth karate championship in September where he will represent South Africa and obtain his Protea colours. Brady will also be going to Egypt later this year. We need to raise a total of R35 000 to ensure he can attend all these tournaments.”

Brady started doing karate at the age of seven in 2012 following in his father’s footsteps. He now holds two brown belts, a national title and many medals won in local, provincial and national competitions.

He says working hard and training regularly is his recipe for all his wins.

Talking about his opportunity to go to Croatia, he says: “I was excited when I heard the news. This is what I was always dreaming about, to represent my country on the world stage, but my dad told me that they cannot afford to send me because of finance. I am very sad, but also I do understand that it will cost my family a lot of money. Now I just have to focus on the Commonwealth championship which will be in Durban where I will still represent my ­country. I love this sport. I want to be the best in South Africa and I want to go to the world karate championship and the Olympics. I want to be a chief instructor and train other kids in my community to become champions,” says Brady.

V For more information to donate contact Llewellyn Brown on 073 657 4436, 082 726 1932 or brownla01­@­­­­outlook.com.

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