KZN teen ready to take karate world by storm

2015-09-07 09:46
Hermal Heeralal (13) will be taking his kicks to new heights at next year’s Commonwealth Karate Championship.

Hermal Heeralal (13) will be taking his kicks to new heights at next year’s Commonwealth Karate Championship. (Ian Carbutt)

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ORIENT Heights teen Hermal ­Heeralal (13) will soon be jetting off to India to compete in the ­Commonwealth Karate Championship representing South Africa.

The young athlete, who has already racked up a series of tournament ­victories in his young career, said: “Honestly I am very excited, it is not my first time going, but this time I will be going with an all-star team from KwaZulu-Natal”.

The eighth championship event is organised by the Commonwealth ­Karate Federation. The competition is held every two years. In 2013 the event was hosted in Canada. Only Commonwealth nations can enter the competition provided they are members of the World Karate ­Federation (WKF).

Hermal said he has just returned from Mozambique, where he was competing against a diverse selection of karate athletes from around the world. Hermal took first place during this tournament.

“I consider myself really lucky, ­because I have achieved so much at such a young age. Competing in over 12 tournaments and coming out first year after year has really been ­something of a life changing experience for me, and having to achieve most of my life goals has been really ­exciting,” said Hermal.

He said karate is all about ­discipline and staying focused.

Despite having to prepare for ­tournaments, Hermal has been ­keeping up with his school work.

“I just want to thank my school, Maritzburg College, for the ­enormous support they have given,” said ­Hermal.

Hermal thanked his “biggest ­motivator, my uncle” Trishan ­Heeralal, instructor Shihan Roy Naidoo and his kit sponsor, martial art apparel retailer Arawaza, as well as his parents for “dedicated support”

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