Karate kid wants to fight overseas

2017-08-29 06:01
Goju Ryu karate champion Teagan Schaffers (12) needs funds to go to the world championships.

Goju Ryu karate champion Teagan Schaffers (12) needs funds to go to the world championships.

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The family of Teagan Schaffers, a Goju Ryu karate champion from Kensington, is appealing to the public for financial donations to help fulfil the boy’s dream of going to Bucharest in Romania in September.

Teagan (12), a Grade 6 learner of Pinelands North Primary School, will be representing South Africa at the Goju Ryu Karate Federation’s world championship. He qualified for the competition when he won a gold medal at the Africa ­competition.

His mother, Carmen Schaffers, says Teagan has achieved great accolades in the sport through the years and it has always been his dream to participate in international competitions.

She says: “We would love to see his dream come true and we appeal for any financial help we can get. Our community had supported him before and it is due to their efforts that he is where he is.”

She says they need to raise R10 000 for the trip. Teagan is expected to leave the country on Friday 8 September and return on Thursday 21 September.

His grandfather, Rodney du Toit, says he is very proud of Teagan.

He says: “Teagan is a very committed child with bigger dreams in life. We try as a family to give him all the support he needs but in times like these we do need to go out there and ask for help to make sure his efforts and dreams are fulfilled.”

Teagan says he is excited about the opportunity because it will give him new experiences of karate. He says he has worked very hard, attending different training sessions and balancing his school with the sport.

He would like to start his own karate school when he is older. Teagan also encourages other children to work hard towards their dreams and never lose hope.V For more information call Carmen Schaffers on 082 929 7568.

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