Fighting trio aim for top

2016-04-05 06:00
Sidne, Madison and Seanne van Horsten say not even the sky is the limit as they aim to compete at the highest level in karate. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Sidne, Madison and Seanne van Horsten say not even the sky is the limit as they aim to compete at the highest level in karate. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Three sisters from Constantia say nothing can stop them and they are aiming for the stars in karate.

Seanne (17), Madison (11) and Sidne (10) van Horsten love the sport and they are doing all they can to compete at the highest level of karate – working towards getting black belts. The trio already has Western Province colours hanging on their shoulders.

Madison and Sidne have competed only one competition each, yet managed to come out with medals. Their sister Seanne has gone to several competitions and she has several medals to her name. They are looking forward to going to Canada next year for the competitions.

They all attend Rustenberg Girls High School and say despite focusing on schoolwork they still have time to do what they love.

All three sisters practise goju kai karate which is the oldest style of karate. To them, they say, the sport is not just about being alert to your surroundings – it’s about honour, discipline, self control, family and forging long-lasting friendships.

Seanne, who is currently ranked second in the world, says the sport is her life.

“Though what I do is not defined by the number of medals I have – I’m quite proud with what I have achieved. I work hard. Training is intense and I’m looking forward to learning new things. I really like it. Now I’m looking forward to a stage where I will be able to give back to the community and train other kids as well,” she says.

Madison says she really enjoys how the sport makes her feel.

“I like the nervousness mixed with excitement before the match. When you win it’s really an awesome feeling. I’m not intimidated by people that look bigger than me when we are starting a match because I know the bigger they are the harder they fall. I just do my best and I’m glad that it has paid off,” says Madison.

On the other hand, the youngest of the sisters, Sidne, says the sport is fun.

“I get a little nervous before the match but I’m never scared. I remember in one match someone gave me a hard punch in the face. Instead of falling, she made me push harder. Though I cried a little, I wanted to win and that drove me to fight more. I want to finish at the top,” says Sidne.

Like the famous saying goes, no apple falls far from the tree. The girls’ love for karate comes from their father, who won a few titles in Japan, but because of the sanctions he couldn’t grade there.

However, he made their mother promise that he will encourage the kids get their black belts. Following down the line was their brother who also has several medals to his name and the girls say they wouldn’t do anything else.

Their mother, Megan, says this is not just a sport.

“It has taught me and the girls and their brother a lot. It has taught us the values of friendship, discipline and self control. They have so much talent and I wish them all the best. All I have to do is support them. I feel very proud when they win because I know the number of hours they put in training.”

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