Andrew’s karate talent shines

2015-09-09 06:00


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RISING karate star Andrew van der Merwe, a gr. 3 learner of the Merriespruit Primary School in Virginia, is Express Goldfields andamp; NFS

’s SuperSport Let’s Play Sports Star of the Month for August.

This karateka has a green belt and trains under Sensei Gordon Stevens.

The eight-year-old Andrew’s sterling performance has earned him two gold medals, in kata and kumite, at the Northern Free State Karate Championship. Thereafter he took part in the Karate Winter Challenge and received a gold medal for kata and bronze for kumite.

Andrew also obtained his Northern Free State karate colours and took part at the South African Karate Championship.

His motto is: “Never give up, keep your eye on your goals.”

The star karateka’s selection was on merit, in line with SuperSport’s Let’s Play Sports Star initiative, which this year celebrates ten years of encouraging the children of South Africa to be active through participation in sport.

Nominate your sports star for the month of September today. Email the nomination to or fax it to 086-552-4922. For more information call Lynne Landman at Z PR on 051-522-9574.

More about the initiative

SuperSport over time has evolved as the quintessential sports authority.

With such strong sporting influence within the South African market, SuperSport has been perfectly poised to harness this power and rally the public and corporates to truly make a difference in society.

SuperSport identified that there were huge issues severely inhibiting the development of children through skills learned by playing, physical education and sport – all of which are imperative to the holistic development of young people.

It was from this insight that Let’s Play was born in November 2005 with the aim of elevating awareness of our social situation and to introduce and encourage play, activity and sport in schools

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