Local boy (9) to represent SA in Karate World Champs

2016-08-17 06:00
Jeff Behr (left) with his son, Jarryd (9), who has been chosen to represent SA in the 2017 Karate World Championships. RIGHT: The cards that Jarryd Behr is selling to raise funds for his trip.   Photos: SUPPLIED

Jeff Behr (left) with his son, Jarryd (9), who has been chosen to represent SA in the 2017 Karate World Championships. RIGHT: The cards that Jarryd Behr is selling to raise funds for his trip. Photos: SUPPLIED

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JARRYD Behr (9) of Port Elizabeth will be representing South Africa in the 2017 Karate World Championships taking place in Vlissengen, in the Netherlands, in June next year.

Jarryd is a student at Titan Karate in Kabega Park, under the leadership of Sensei Erwee Tiran.

Although karate is clearly his passion, he has a natural talent for several sports. He is an avid golf player and has done three Iron-kids.

Jarryd began his karate adventure at the age of five and has received 31 medals for it so far, 22 of which are gold.

He graded to a green belt on Thursday and entered the EP Classic in Jeffreys Bay on Friday, where he got a silver medal.

Jarryd is currently trying to raise the funds necessary to send him and his father, Jeff, on their trip to the world champs.

In addition to looking for sponsors, Jarryd is making 3D karate-themed cards and selling them for R40 as a fundraising project. Every sponsor who donates more than R50 to his trip, gets a card free. According to his mother, Sharon, it takes him about two hours to make each card.

“When he got picked for the SA team to go to the World Champs next year, he decided he was going to make it happen, as he got picked to go last year, but the funds just weren’t available,” she added.

Sharon taught her son how to make interesting and creative cards as she has been doing it for years herself.

The cards are blank inside and can be used as thank-you cards, birthday cards or invites, etc.

The trip will cost them an estimated R60 000 to attend the competition and they are appealing to the public to help them make Jarryd’s dream come true.

For more info, contact Sharon on 072 279 7534 or sharonbehr@gmail.com.

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