Congrats! Protea Team KSA who return with 9 medals from the ALL Africa Championships 2020 in Morocco, Tangier
Head of Delegation P Sonny Pillay and President for Karate South Africa was a proud leader after his team wins eight bronze medals and one silver medal in the UFAK Continental Karate Championship 2020
He learned that athletes are grossly subsidised by our North African counterparts and spend months engaged in specialised training for an event of this level.
Our KSA management on the said African tour remain extremely proud of the team’s performance and are optimistic that government will soon offer assistance with funding enabling our athletes to better prepare for these tough assignments such as the All Africa championships result of which could very well be more of our athletes being crowned Africa champions
The event was held at the magnificent Sports Indoor Stadium in Tangier with a total of 23 countries comprising of 364 athletes competing on the tatami in pursuit of the various All Africa titles in the different categories
Moreover it was an all-round action packed championship with the” best of the best” karate athletes from the African continent doing battle in an Olympic qualifying tournament.
The Protea coaches Shine Banyane and Clayton Thom were very tactical in their approach and kept the team in top nick with regular squad training sessions alongside the Tangier coastline and at the JKA Omega Fitness club in Tangier City Centre.
The championship proved tough with the South African athletes despite giving off their best were unable to land the elusive Gold medal with our best hope being Danielle Van Wyk, (bronze medallist at the World Cup in Chile last year) ,retired from the tournament, after surrendering to a foot injury sustained during her bout against top Morocco fighter losing 8 – 7 in the dying moments of the encounter .
The team was partially gutted whilst Danielle was stretchered to a nearest hospital with the Team Manager Kruben Pillay who accompanied her to the hospital offering her moral support
In the Team events the Cadet Male kata team comprising of Allesandro Biagioni, Nicholas Dobson and Reece Baynes lifted the South African team spirits after winning the bronze medal match against Senegal when performing the Suparinpei team kata. Their synchronisation, rythym and timing proved too good for the Senegalese.
Whilst in the senior female team kata event the ladies Kiara Lakaram, Tahira and Kira Reddy from Kwa Zulu Natal eliminated the Cameroonian team automatically winning them the bronze medal.
Further medals in the kata competition were achieved by Michael Du Plessis and Maxine Willemse. Maxine’s round one Anan kata comfortably secured her a position in round two and her perform there was nothing short of a medal. Maxine went on to win the bronze in her final third round against Mozambican Irene Bechane. In the men’s individual kata matches after three gruelling rounds of performance, Michael Du Plessis shared the bronzed medal with Ouites Mouad from Algeria. Michael put up a sterling performance
In the cadet under 70 kilogram kumite category, the exceptional performance of Karate South Africa’s Hermanus Van Wyk, who hails from the Free State won him a silver medal. The young lad was ecstatic. His coach Clayton Thom said that he was sure to get the gold. The ability of the young Egyptian from North Africa was overwhelming and South Africa lost 3-0 in the final. Hermanus is a proud winner of a silver continental WKF medal. Elsabe Le Roux extended her lead going to the third round in her kumite category. She despite a gutsy performance lost the bronze medal in what was one of the toughest groups in the female competition.
The remaining Individual Kumite matches were hard fought. The South African team fought tooth and nail to be amongst the medals. The teams overall performance given the world class opposition from Teams Morocco Algeria Egypt was exceptional.
The athlete’s individual results that followed suit were:
Dino Belfi – Bronze Medal
Meghan Booyens – 5th Position
Shariq Davids – 9th Position
Tyrone_Carson Gray – 9th Position
Aimee Harding– Kata Bronze Medal
Aimee Harding – Kumite Bronze Medal
Elsabie Le_Roux – 5th Position
Morgan Moss – 5th Position
Tahira Reddy – Kumite Bronze Medal
Shukry Sedan – 5th Position
Danika Stevens – 9th Position
Drew Townley – 5th Position
The above performance certainly augurs well for the forthcoming WKF Series A in Durban 2020 and World championships 2020 in Dubai
Report compiled by Protea Team KSA General Manager Kruben Pillay