OWING to various circumstances many youths have had no option but to live in alternative care such as Places of Safety. This has however not deterred boys from one such a facility to face the odds and excel in a sport they love.Three young boys residing at Erica Child and Youth Centre have recently been selected to represent the Eastern Province at the South African Goju-kai Karate-do Championships to be held in Bloemfontein from August 5 to 8.“At Erica Child and Youth Care Centre, we attempt our level best to ensure the broadest possible outcomes for young people restructuring their lives. As such, we have a special karate programme at our facility as part of our programme,” said Mervyn John September, Programme Co-Ordinator: Erica Child and Youth Care Centre. “Three of our young people affiliated to the Hillside Karate club, under the leadership of Sensei Thom, have recently been chosen to represent Eastern Province at the South African Goju-kai Karate-do Championships to be held in Bloemfontein. With the kind and generous assistance of Eyethu Fishing (PTY) Ltd we are in a position to bring to fruition the aspirations of these young people to participate in the Championships,” September said.The three karateka (karate practitioners) have been training four days a week for the last two months in preparation for the tournament. It will be the first time that two of the karateka will be competing in kumite (fighting) at a national championship. It will be the third time competing at a national championship for the third karateka. He bagged three medals in two years, one for kumite (fighting) and two for jyu kumite (traditional full contact fighting).