Flying SA colours higher

2019-04-09 06:00
The athletes promise to work hard and bring a minimum of five medals home. From left are Le-Andre Petersen, Saitfullah Chafeker and Muhajir Abrahams.PHOTOS: Nomzamo Yuku

The athletes promise to work hard and bring a minimum of five medals home. From left are Le-Andre Petersen, Saitfullah Chafeker and Muhajir Abrahams.PHOTOS: Nomzamo Yuku

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Athlone-based South African Kung Fu Development Squad is currently competing in the Hong Kong International Kung-Fu Championships in China.

The squad left on Saturday 6 April and is expected to spend 10 days overseas.

The team is made up of 10 members (eight junior students and two adults). They come from different areas in Cape Town including Gugulethu, Mitchell’s Plain, Paarl, Caledon, Grassy Park and Riviersonderend.

They are flying the South African colours high, hoping to bring a minimum of five medals home this year. They will be competing against 6000 other competitors from across the worldThis is the second time they are participating in the competition and they said they are going back now, well prepared.Last year the squad did very well and brought home more than five medals.

“We are not the same squad anymore, some of us are going for the first time hence we are setting our expectations not too high. But we are indeed, ready,” says one of the students, Sinawo Yalo from Gugulethu.

The squad has worked hard preparing for the championships, training four times a week and balancing it with their studies.

Members say the competition is an exciting opportunity for them to learn and grow within the sporting code.

They were expressing themselves during the official handover of a kit they are using at the competition by the provincial minister of social development, Albert Fritz on Tuesday 2 April at Eagle Hall in Athlone.

The handover was part of a farewell and was graced by the presence of local stakeholders.

Fritz said the trip and kit donation was made possible through a partnership between the department and other stakeholders. He said over R100 000 was spent in making sure the students would make it to China.

Fritz said for him it was not about them winning the competition but rather to inspire themselves to become better people and be an example in their communities. He said his department supports youth development saying it is the young people who tend to be involved in social ills if they had nothing to do.

He told them to persevere and to work hard representing the province and the country.

Fritz said it is not just about the sport but also, tightening the relations with China.

“The value is more than what they are going to bring back, you cannot quantify it. The fact that they are already participating in this competition is already good enough. They must just continue to work hard, that would be the greatest present for all of us,” he said.

MJ Li, the founder of the team thanked everyone who made it possible for them to achieve their dreams.

He said it was amazing that they could participate in the competition for the second time since their inception. “It is a dream come true.”

Li said opportunities like these are proof that joint initiatives are important to support the growth and fulfilment of the young athlete’s desire in martial arts. He said all the participating athletes trained hard and deserved to go.

Li said his martial art is not just about physical fitness but helps individuals in most aspects of their lives including discipline, respect, balancing their lifestyle and cultural exchange.

He said kung fu is a well-preserved culture in China and he would like to grow the relations for the benefit of the youth.

He said the SA Kung Fu Development Squad is run in a form of a scholarship, prioritising a good academic performance by their students at school. In return, it provides opportunities and helps get sponsorships. However, he said incompetent students get pulled off the team until they improve in their academics.

Li appealed to attendees to continue supporting and “help keeping the children off the streets while equipping them with self-defence skills.”

Athlone-based South African Kung Fu Development Squad is currently competing in the Hong Kong International Kung-Fu Championships in China.

The squad left on Saturday 6 April and is expected to spend 10 days overseas.

The team is made up of 10 members (eight junior students and two adults). They come from different areas in Cape Town including Gugulethu, Mitchell’s Plain, Paarl, Caledon, Grassy Park and Riviersonderend.

They are flying the South African colours high, hoping to bring a minimum of five medals home this year. They will be competing against 6000 other competitors from across the worldThis is the second time they are participating in the competition and they said they are going back now, well prepared.Last year the squad did very well and brought home more than five medals.“We are not the same squad anymore, some of us are going for the first time hence we are setting our expectations not too high. But we are indeed, ready,” says one of the students, Sinawo Yalo from Gugulethu.

The squad has worked hard preparing for the championships, training four times a week and balancing it with their studies.

Members say the competition is an exciting opportunity for them to learn and grow within the sporting code.They were expressing themselves during the official handover of a kit they are using at the competition by the provincial minister of social development, Albert Fritz on Tuesday 2 April at Eagle Hall in Athlone.

The handover was part of a farewell and was graced by the presence of local stakeholders.

Fritz said the trip and kit donation was made possible through a partnership between the department and other stakeholders. He said over R100 000 was spent in making sure the students would make it to China.

Fritz said for him it was not about them winning the competition but rather to inspire themselves to become better people and be an example in their communities. He said his department supports youth development saying it is the young people who tend to be involved in social ills if they had nothing to do.

He told them to persevere and to work hard representing the province and the country. Fritz said it is not just about the sport but also, tightening the relations with China.“The value is more than what they are going to bring back, you cannot quantify it. The fact that they are already participating in this competition is already good enough. They must just continue to work hard, that would be the greatest present for all of us,” he said.

MJ Li, the founder of the team thanked everyone who made it possible for them to achieve their dreams.

He said it was amazing that they could participate in the competition for the second time since their inception. “It is a dream come true.”

Li said opportunities like these are proof that joint initiatives are important to support the growth and fulfilment of the young athlete’s desire in martial arts. He said all the participating athletes trained hard and deserved to go.

Li said his martial art is not just about physical fitness but helps individuals in most aspects of their lives including discipline, respect, balancing their lifestyle and cultural exchange.

He said kung fu is a well-preserved culture in China and he would like to grow the relations for the benefit of the youth.He said the SA Kung Fu Development Squad is run in a form of a scholarship, prioritising a good academic performance by their students at school. In return, it provides opportunities and helps get sponsorships. However, he said incompetent students get pulled off the team until they improve in their academics.

Li appealed to attendees to continue supporting and “help keeping the children off the streets while equipping them with self-defence skills.”

Athlone-based South African Kung Fu Development Squad is currently competing in the Hong Kong International Kung-Fu Championships in China.

The squad left on Saturday 6 April and is expected to spend 10 days overseas.

The team is made up of 10 members (eight junior students and two adults). They come from different areas in Cape Town including Gugulethu, Mitchell’s Plain, Paarl, Caledon, Grassy Park and Riviersonderend.

They are flying the South African colours high, hoping to bring a minimum of five medals home this year. They will be competing against 6000 other competitors from across the worldThis is the second time they are participating in the competition and they said they are going back now, well prepared.Last year the squad did very well and brought home more than five medals.

“We are not the same squad anymore, some of us are going for the first time hence we are setting our expectations not too high. But we are indeed, ready,” says one of the students, Sinawo Yalo from Gugulethu.

The squad has worked hard preparing for the championships, training four times a week and balancing it with their studies.

Members say the competition is an exciting opportunity for them to learn and grow within the sporting code.

They were expressing themselves during the official handover of a kit they are using at the competition by the provincial minister of social development, Albert Fritz on Tuesday 2 April at Eagle Hall in Athlone.

The handover was part of a farewell and was graced by the presence of local stakeholders.

Fritz said the trip and kit donation was made possible through a partnership between the department and other stakeholders. He said over R100 000 was spent in making sure the students would make it to China.

Fritz said for him it was not about them winning the competition but rather to inspire and become better people and be an example in their communities. He told them to persevere and to work hard representing the province and the country.

MJ Li, the founder of the team thanked everyone who made it possible for them to achieve their dreams, saying it was amazing that they could participate in the competition for the second time since their inception. “It is a dream come true.”

Li said opportunities like these are proof that joint initiatives are important to support the growth and fulfilment of the young athlete’s desire in martial arts. He said all the participating athletes trained hard and deserved to go.

Li said martial art is not just about physical fitness but helps individuals in most aspects of their lives including discipline, respect, balancing their lifestyle and cultural exchange.

He said kung fu is a well-preserved culture in China and he would like to grow the relations for the benefit of the youth.He said the SA Kung Fu Development Squad is run in a form of a scholarship, prioritising a good academic performance by their students at school.

Li appealed to attendees to continue supporting and “help keeping the children off the streets while equipping them with self-defence skills.”

Athlone-based South African Kung Fu Development Squad is currently competing in the Hong Kong International Kung-Fu Championships in China.

They left on Saturday 6 April and are expected to spend 10 days overseas.

The squad is made up of 10 members (eight junior students and two adults). They come from different areas in Cape Town including Gugulethu, Mitchell’s Plain, Paarl, Caledon, Grassy Park and Riviersonderend.

They are flying the South African colours high, hoping to bring a minimum of five medals home this year. They will be competing against 6000 other competitors from across the world

This is the second time they are participating in the competition and they said they are going back now, well prepared.

Last year the squad did very well and brought home more than five medals.

“We are not the same squad anymore, some of us are going for the first time hence we are setting our expectations not too high. But we are indeed, ready,” says one of the students, Sinawo Yalo from Gugulethu.

The squad has worked hard preparing for the championships, training four times a week and balancing it with their studies.

Members say the competition is an exciting opportunity for them to learn and grow within the sporting code.

They were expressing themselves during the official handover of a kit they are using at the competition by the provincial minister of social development, Albert Fritz on Tuesday 2 April at Eagle Hall in Athlone.

The handover was part of a farewell and was graced by the presence of local stakeholders.

Fritz said the trip and kit donation was made possible through a partnership between the department and other stakeholders, saying over R100 000 was spent in making sure the students could make it to China.

Fritz said for him it was not about them winning the competition but rather to inspire themselves to become better people and be an example in their communities. He said his department supports youth development saying it is the young people who tend to be involved in socials ills if they had nothing to do.

He told them to persevere and to work hard representing the province and the country.

Fritz said it is not just about the sport but also, tightening the relations with China.

“The value is more than what they are going to bring back, you cannot quantify it. The fact that they are already participating in this competition is already good enough. They must just continue to work hard, that would be the greatest present for all of us,” he said. MJ Li, the founder of the team thanked everyone who made it possible for them to achieve their dreams.

He said it was amazing that they could participate in the competition for the second time since their inception. “It is a dream come true.”

Li said opportunities like these are proof that joint initiatives are important to support the growth and fulfilment of the young athlete’s desire in martial arts. He said all the participating athletes trained hard and deserved to go.

Li said his martial art is not just about physical fitness but helps individuals in most aspects of their lives including discipline, respect, balancing their lifestyle and cultural exchange.

He said kung fu is a well-preserved culture in China and he would like to grow the relations for the benefit of the youth.

He said the SA Kung Fu Development Squad is run in a form of a scholarship, prioritising a good academic performance by their students at school. In return, it provides opportunities and helps get sponsorships. However, he said incompetent students get pulled off the team until they improve in their academics.

Li appealed to attendees to continue supporting and “help keeping the children off the streets while equipping them with self-defence skills.”

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