Tia Moonsamy is Stanger Manor’s star

2016-06-22 06:00
Photo: supplied Tia Moonsamy in action.

Photo: supplied Tia Moonsamy in action.

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TIA Moonsamy, a Grade 9 pupil at Stanger Manor Secondary School, will be jetting off to Switzerland on 7 July.
Tia will be undertaking her grading examinations to Shodan – 1st Dan Black Belt.
The aspiring black belt will be in training for the first week before the examination gets underway in Locarno, Switzerland.

Mervin Gounden, principal of Stanger Manor Secondary, said it was indeed a pleasure to know and be associated with Tia.
He went on to say that she has performed exceptionally well both in the classroom and the community. “Tia is always eager to learn and improve her performance and works hard to achieve her goals.

“The school wishes her well in her examination.”

She also has the potential and determination to succeed in all other spheres of life, Gounden stated.

Best wishes were the order of the day as well wishers called and bestowed messages of goodwill on the young lass who has become one of iLembe’s rising stars in the sporting fraternity.

Her journey began when she was an anti-social preschooler.
Her mom, Mogie enrolled her for karate to boost her self-confidence and change her perception of socialising.
In January 2009, Tia enrolled with Sensei Sherwin Hooblall at the Stanger Dojo.
Since then her journey to achieving her goals were mapped out in front of her.

Tia astounded herself as she went through the process of self-discipline, self-control and respect through karate with the leadership of Sensei Hooblall.
Karate and school became her main focal points, training hard to do her best and studying just as hard to achieve academic excellence.

Tia was placed first in her grade at North Coast Primary from Grade 4 to 7 and was named the first female head prefect in 2015.

Having graded through the ranks and participating in just as many competitions Tia has learnt that to succeed in karate, a person must be prepared to make sacrifices along the journey as a karateka.

Through the many injuries and even being knocked unconscious for more than 20 minutes, Tia was back on the mat training and preparing for the ultimate grading, the goal she had set when she began, the 1st black belt.

Her dad, Derek, has been her avid supporter together with her mom and two sisters.
Tia has had the support of her loving family and friends. They together with the members of her dojo and the principal, staff and pupils of the Stanger Manor Secondary School join hands in wishing Tia of the Shotokan Kokusai Karatedo South Africa well as she prepares for her 1st Dan black belt examination.

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