Going all out for their district

2019-05-29 06:02
photo: SUPPLIED Karatekas at the 2019 KZN IKO Karate Selection Tournament.

photo: SUPPLIED Karatekas at the 2019 KZN IKO Karate Selection Tournament.

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THE UMVOTI Karate Academy, uMzinyathi Karate Federation and uMvoti Aids Centre hosted the 2019 KZN IKO Karate Selection Tournament at Greytown, under the uMvoti Municipality, at the Civic Centre on May 11 and May 12.

Sensei Sbonelo Mkhize, IKO Karate general secretary and uMzinyathi Karate District President, led the planning committee, which included team LOC uMvoti Karate Academy and uMvoti Aids Centre.

The 2019 KZN IKO Karate Selection tournament for youth and seniors was a two-day event with the goal to select a squad from KwaZulu-Natal which will represent the province at the 2019 South African Kyokushinkaikan Championships, being held on July 5 and July 6 in Port Elizabeth.

The tournament had well over 190 participants from seven districts, including participants from the University of Zululand, University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Durban University of Technology and Majuba FET College.

The competition kicked off in the presence of and under the strict control and regulation of the uMzinyathi Karate District, various karate dignitaries, including Shihan Bongani Gumede, and 44 officials as well as a technical team.

Juniors were represented by six districts and competed on May 11. Seniors were represented by seven districts on May 12.

UMZINYATHI TEAM WINNERS:

• Girls (eight to nine): Lonathemba Mashazi — third; Zinyanda Ngwenya — fourth

• Girls (10 to 11): Cebile Ndlovu — fourth

• Girls (12 to 13): Andiswa Dlamini — first; Owami Luvuno — second; and Andiswa Myaka — fourth

• Boys (eight to nine): Thelumusa Mzila — third

• Boys (10 to 11): Asimbonge Dladla — second

• Boys (12 to 13) Ammadu Ali — second

Sensei Mkhize was awarded the trophy for being the most winning instructor and received second place for having the most dominant students in the tournament.

Umvoti Aids Centre was awarded the trophy for being the most sponsoring and supporting organisation in youth programmes in the community.

This tournament was a great success due to the generous contributions, donations and sponsorships made by The Department of Sports and Recreation, Greytown Child Welfare, Vee’s Autoshop & Breakdown Services, Pidelta, aQuellé, Pannar Seed, Min Cash, Bawas Furnishers, Umvoti Aids Centre and the public donations collected by the Umvoti Dojo team. -Supplied.

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