Medals for SA

2018-06-05 06:00
Local karateka Brady Brown at the recent international karate championships in Botswana.

Local karateka Brady Brown at the recent international karate championships in Botswana.

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A 14-year-old local boy is in high spirits after successfully representing his country in an international karate tournament, winning two medals.

Brady Brown, a Grade 8 Kensington High School learner, won two bronze medals at the three-day Africa Union Sport Council (AUSC) Region 5 Karate Championships in Botswana from Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 May.

The competition consisted of 10 member states – South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho and Namibia.

Brady is one of 51 South Africans who took part in the tournament.

Proudly wearing his Protea colours, Brady, a first-degree junior black belt, scooped bronze medals in two divisions – Kata and Kumite for boys u.14/15. He not only put South Africa and Kensington in the spotlight, he also made his parents extremely proud.

“We are so proud of him, firstly to achieve the highest level in sport and winning a double bronze medal on top of that, makes it even sweeter. I can only thank God for the talent He blessed my son with. Brady worked so hard to get to this level. He was also selected last year but we could not send him due to financial difficulties,” says his father, Llewellyn Brown.

Says Brady: “I am very thankful to have such a supportive family and I know that they are doing their best to make my dreams come true, and I want to thank my mother Valencia, my father Llewellyn and sister Jade Brandt, and Shihan Laeeq Rhoda and Sensei Salama and the Karate-Zen Elite Squad for getting me ready for this stage of my sporting career. I am so proud to represent my country on an international stage, and this is only the beginning for me.”

Brady is a karateka from Karate-Zen in Goodwood. He is ranked third in kata and kumite on the South African All Styles Karate list, from which he was selected to represent South Africa All Styles at the tournament in Botswana.

He is now looking forward to competing in the Elite/SA Open Championships in Durban. The competition is only open to the top six ranked athletes in the country.

But before that, Brady has to attend a Proteas gala dinner in Durban on Friday 22 June where athletes who have represented the country internationally from July 2017 up to the Botswana tour will be honoured.

However, he needs financial assistance to be able to be part of the
ceremony.

Karate South Africa (KSA) has made it clear that awards will not be made in absentia and payment should be made into the association’s account early to avoid disappointment.

“We the parents are currently busy raising funds to get him to Durban and we need to get him his Protea blazer, tie and pants and to do that we need to raise about R6500,” his father
explains. V If there is anyone in the community that can help, call Llewellyn on 073 657 4436 or Valencia on 082 726 1932.

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