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LPKA students excel at Wako champs

Among nearly 700 competitors, Theuns Duvenhage, Chantelle and Annelize Broekman represented LPKA with exceptional performances.

POLOKWANE – Three karatekas from the Limpopo Kickboxing Academy (LPKA) showcased their skills at the World Association of Kickboxing Organisation (Wako) national championships held in Potchefstroom from April 25-28.

Among nearly 700 competitors from across the provinces, Theuns Duvenhage, and Chantelle and Annelize Broekman represented LPKA with exceptional performances.

Coach and shihan Nico Myburgh Jr commended Duvenhage’s unwavering dedication, describing him as a determined young athlete who thrives on practice.

“He’s a gutsy competitor, deeply passionate about the sport. Even training seven days a week is not enough for this dedicated sportsman,” Myburgh remarked.

Reflecting on the challenges faced during the championships, Duvenhage acknowledged the tough competition within his division, where he competed against opponents several years older.

Despite this, he secured a commendable fourth place in point fighting among 14 competitors and clinched bronze in his creative forms category, affirming the value of his experience.

Myburgh praised Duvenhage’s resilience, predicting a promising future for the young athlete.

Myburgh highlighted Chantelle Broekman’s growth and formidable competitive spirit, noting her confidence and eagerness to engage opponents.

“Chantelle is an attentive student who executes combinations and techniques with precision. Her gold medal in point fighting and silver in continuous fighting underscore her ability,” Myburgh remarked.

Regarding Annelize Broekman, Myburgh emphasised her agility, prowess and determination in the ring.

“Annelize possesses excellent hand skills and is always eager to refine her techniques. Her gold in point fighting and silver in continuous fighting reflect her tenacity,” he noted.

Acknowledging the achievements of all three students, Myburgh expressed anticipation for the upcoming Africa Games in December, a precursor to the world championships, anticipating further success on the international stage.

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