FS boxer shows she has what it takes

2015-07-22 06:00
PROMISING female boxing star Maditaba Lepele shows the gold medal she won at this year’s national amateur tournament of the South African National Boxing Organisation. 

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PROMISING female boxing star Maditaba Lepele shows the gold medal she won at this year’s national amateur tournament of the South African National Boxing Organisation. Photo: Supplied

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-RISING local woman boxer Maditaba Lepele is proving that she has what it takes after winning a gold medal at the South African National Boxing Organisation’s amateur championship held in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape recently.

This event took place from 9 to 11 July. The youthful fighter represented the Free State at this year’s national championship that featured both men and women.

With 21 fights under her belt, Lepele rose to the occasion and made the Free State proud by winning a gold medal in the light heavyweight division.

She is the only gold medallist in the provincial team of 15 members (ten men and five women).

Lepele’s male counterparts, Lehlohonolo Temeki and Abel Lesibu, each clinched bronze to make it a total of three medals for the Free State team.

The 20-year-old Lepele’s achievement marks her steady rise in boxing since starting to take the sport seriously in 2011.

She made her debut in 2012, represen-ting the Free State nationally.

The following year she clinched her first bronze medal and never looked back. Since then, she has continued to build on her achievements. She improved her personal best in 2014 when she won a silver medal. This year, Lepele topped it off with a gold medal – her third medal in three years.

Fusi Hlasoa, the Free State team manager, said Lepele had been included in the South African national women’s squad following her impressive perfor-mance. He said this year the Free State had finished in fifth place overall

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