Judo champ chases Olympic dream

2018-05-23 06:00
Chevonne Estherhuizen at one of her tournaments in her judo uniform.PHOTO: supplied

Chevonne Estherhuizen at one of her tournaments in her judo uniform.PHOTO: supplied

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HOT off the heels of being ranked first at one of the main South African Judo Championships, Chevonne Estherhuizen said that she now wants to win the African Championships in 2020 in order to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Speaking to the Maritzburg Fever after a successful weekend at the SA Championships held at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Estherhuizen said her passion and love for judo stemmed from her father.

“I got into judo when I was about four or five years old, after being inspired by my father.

“My father was a judo instructor and I would always watch him teach and practise at his dojo,” Estherhuizen said.

Estherhuizen, now the proud owner of Renshuden Judo Club, which means place of training, said a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into preparing for her judo competitions.

“People don’t see what you put in to win, they just see you showing up and taking home medals,” said Estherhuizen.

Training for up to two hours a day, Estherhuizen said that judo is her life.

“All I do is judo, I am glued to it,” she said.

According to Estherhuizen, judo isn’t only about fighting and involves many other aspects. “You learn a moral code through judo. It teaches you courage, honour, respect and everyday lessons that you can actually use in the world.”

Anyone wanting to get into judo will not regret it, said Estherhuizen, who added that for females especially, judo can be a wonderful sport to get involved in as it teaches you how to protect yourself.

“Judo can empower a woman by giving her the necessary skills to defend herself should any scary situation arise. It gives you confidence to walk upright anywhere you go because you will walk without fear,” Esterhuizen said.

Judo can empower a lady by giving her the necessary skills to defend herself should a scary situation arise

Judo can empower a woman by giving her the necessary skills to defend herself should any scary situation arise.

It gives you confidence to walk upright anywhere you go because you will walk without fear.

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