Karateka star’s podium finish at Commonwealth

2018-12-27 06:00

NORTH COAST KSA tournament karate superstar Aishwaria Jade Ramnarian was placed in the top three of the Commonwealth karate nations at the recent Commonwealth Karate Championships 2018.

The ladies Protea team member, who hails from Shakaskraal, achieved a bronze medal in the U21 division amid tough competition from top-class tournament fighters of the 16 Commonwealth nations in attendance.

Ramnarian said: “While I aimed for a gold medal at the Commonwealth championships I am satisfied with my bronze medal achievement, especially given the exceptionally high standard on display throughout the championships.”

She added: “Moreover, I will continue to aim high as I focus on qualifying for the Olympics going forward.”

Technical convenor of KSA Brando Pillay, who headed up the technical affairs of the Commonwealth Championships 2018, was delighted at his prodigy’s performance.

Pillay said: “Aishwaria is destined to become a world champion, provided she stays focused on her karate practice. Her immense talent and her outstanding performance at the Commonwealth augurs well for her immediate future in the global World Karate federation tournament circuit.”

KZN karate president Ben Mare was full of praise for the local organising committee, headed up by Shani Lakram, Berry Reddy, Leo Ciutto, and Brando Pillay.

Mare said: “Our local organising committee, given the limited resources and with no sponsorship whatsoever from local government, certainly pulled off a miracle in ensuring an incident free, smooth-running Commonwealth karate championships.”

Sonny Pillay, who served as the CEO of the Commonwealth Championships 2018, was impressed by the huge turnout of fighters from abroad.

“The Commonwealth Championships, hosted in Durban at the Olive Convention Centre, proved to be a huge economic and tourism boost for KZN, given that all our visitors stayed at the hotels on Durban’s golden mile with several teams from abroad going on safari tours to Hluhluwe and Ithala Game Reserves,” Pillay said.

Once again, the karate maestro cautioned karate loving parents to ensure their children join a karate club that is affiliated to Karate South Africa (KSA) in order to ultimately qualify for participation in major international events.

He added: “Parents be aware of bogus, so-called karate instructors operating karate clubs in the North Coast with dubious qualifications.

“Before a parent enrols his child for karate practice, it is imperative that the said parent calls the KSA HQ and checks the track record of the instructor concerned.”

— Supplied.

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