WSU karateka crowned African champion
A 20-year-old WSU student outfought, outthought and outmuscled his way to collect first prize at a karate tournament held in Zimbabwe recently.
Anele Madlala, a BSc chemistry student at the University’s Mthatha campus, represented South Africa with great honour as he reigned supreme in the under 67kg category at the annual All Africa Karate Tournament held in Harare from 6-9 August.
He was one of four WSU students selected in a 20-man Proteas University team that squared up against teams from Zimbabwe and Malawi.
The team was made up of competitors who’d triumphed in the University Sports South Africa (USSA) Games held in March in early 2016.
“The competition was tough, with technically and tactically gifted opponents making for interesting rivalries. So I had to draw on all my limited experience and employ the tactical and technical training the coach had taught me,” said Madlala.
An ecstatic Madlala, who only took up Karate in 2005 because of his inefficiencies as a footballer, said he felt proud to have represented WSU, on such a grand scale.
WSU sports administrator and team manager Yonela Ntongana said the tournament contributed handsomely to her expertise as a sports manager.
“Not only was I representing my country, but I had to make sure that I carry and wave the WSU flag high as well. This was a great outlet for me to hone my managerial skills,” she said.
Ntongana, herself a brown belt, encouraged students to participate in karate because of its positive influences in terms of promoting a healthy lifestyle, discipline, self-defence skills, and spirituality.
“Of course this goes with accessibility to basic equipment and enhancement of infrastructure to enable our sport to attract numbers, and thus grow the sport,” she said.
WSU’s three other competitors added to the medal tally, with ladies Zinhle Nhlumayo (3rd in under 55 kg), Ziyanda Sityatha (2nd place in under 65 kg) and Xolelwa Fulinzima (2nd place in ladies Open division).
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