Karateka represents country

Samantha Mare and Enzo Pillay.

Pillay, who has had his Protea colours since 2012, recently won a gold medal at the Region 5 WKF Karate Championships in Botswana. The young athlete fought hard in the final, delivering some dazzling, dynamic techniques to bring home the gold. Enzo, who is a nationally accredited coach, teaches karate in Gauteng and has delivered many provincial caps to his club. His current form is bringing out some very exciting young fighters in the field. One of these, Samantha Mare, who is also a Protea, has qualified to go to Croatia for an Olympic qualifier match in the under 59 kg category. She says attending classes regularly and working hard has given her the edge over her opposition. This gave her the flexibility to develop herself, create opportunities and triumph over her opposition.
‘The training is tough and I have endured huge sacrifices to achieve the top form that I currently enjoy,’ Samantha says.
In the meantime, Kruben Pillay, Gauteng Karate president, encourages all karate clubs to be a part of the Gauteng Karate Federation. It is an affiliate of Karate South Africa, the only representative for karate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. He urges all schools to make sure that their clubs are certified by the Gauteng Karate Federation, a part of the Gauteng Sports Council. These are the correct structures to offer opportunities for regional, provincial and national colours, he says.
Anyone wanting to join karate in the Westonaria or surrounding areas should contact Luciano or Narene at 072 142 2062 or 072 838 7528.

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