Karate trio head to world champs

Sèanne van Horsten (right) at the championships in Bloemfontein. The three sisters competed there and now they are preparing for their olympics in Canada Next year.
Sèanne van Horsten (right) at the championships in Bloemfontein. The three sisters competed there and now they are preparing for their olympics in Canada Next year.

After months of hard work and intense training, three sisters from Constantia know it’s official that they will be heading to the World Championship in Canada next year.

The three sisters – Sèanne (17), Madison (12) and Sidnè (10) van Horsten – had an outstanding performance at the SA karate nationals which were held in Bloemfontein.

This year’s tournament had representation from all over the country and a special guest appearance by the official Botswana team.

The tournament was held over three days and was the 41st Gojuka SA National Champiomship.

The trio already have Western Province colours hanging on their shoulders, (“Fighting trio aim for top, People’s Post, 5 April”)

Sèanne attends Rustenburg Girls High School, while her siblings, Madison and Sidnè, attend Rustenburg Girls Junior School.

Their mother, Megan, says the girls dedicated months to gruelling training.

“They had to train hard for this tournament under their dedicated and committed Shihaan Frank Brandon at the Hombu dojo. Leading up to the nationals the girls training intensified with six days a week for Sèanne and four to sometimes five days a week for Madison and Sidnè, but the results speak for themselves. I’m happy that they will be going,” she says.

The elder sister, Sèanne, competed in the woman’s u.21 for the first time and out of the five divisions she participated in she received two golds and two silvers.

She is currently ranked number two in that division in South Africa.

Madison received a bronze medal and Sidnè a silver medal.

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

“This trio will continue training for the upcoming world championship which will take place in Canada next year, and now that karate is officially an Olympic Sport, we look forward to seeing what the future holds for this sport and these three who will be representing not only their country, but their schools,” says Megan.

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