THE Namibian Karate team that took part at the 2019 Africa Karate Championships performed well as the juniors in the squad scooped three bronze medals, finishing 11th at the event.
The 18th edition of the UFAK African Senior Karate Championships saw 23 countries participating in Gabarone, Botswana.
Westley Marshall won bronze in the Junior Male Kata, while Mayvonne Swart finishing third in the Junior Female Kumite under 59kg and Timothy Coleman in the Junior Male Kumite under 55kg.
Wikus Oberholster as Namibia’s Chief Referee, as well Gert Husselmann and Theresa Swart led the team that travelled to Botswana, while the senior officials were led by Namibia’s Karate Union President Cornelius D’Alton, Leonard Martin as Team Manager and Namibian Coach Llewellyn Manale.
At the same time, Husselman and Swart received their continental judging qualifications in UFAK Kata Judge A, UFAK Kumite Judge B and UFAK Kata Judge B.
Commenting on his team’s performance, Coach Manale said: “It was a great championship with a very high level of competitive karate. There were many outstanding performances for such a young team. We had a few setbacks and stiff competition at the event, but Team Namibia is an ever-growing team. It is time to face the challenges ahead and become a fierce force to reckon with. There is definitely a bright future for all our karateka out there; we have already started stepping up. At African Championships level we are no longer just taking part, we are competing for medals. This is a step in the right direction. I am very proud of what we’ve achieved and what the future holds.”