Madibaz karateka Adre Weideman claimed four gold medals when she competed in a recent national tournament in Stellenbosch.
The 20-year-old Nelson Mandela University student, from Korsten in Port Elizabeth, was the top performer in the kata and kumite divisions at the Goju Kai tournament last month.
Representing Eastern Province, she also picked up two team golds in the same disciplines.
Weideman was satisfied with her efforts after winning only one gold medal in the same tournament a year ago.
“I was quite disappointed in my performance then,” she said. “However, this year I couldn’t be prouder due because I made sure I gave it my all, regardless of the outcome.”
She added it had been a tough year as she juggled her karate with her studies as a third-year human movement science student.
“However, to know that I have made my parents, senseis, friends and family proud makes it all worth it.
“The support I have received from them cannot be measured. It’s great to know that I have such a big support system, who are there celebrating my performances with me.”
She also paid tribute to her coaches for their support.
“Thanks to the constant motivation from my coaches Shihan Clayton Thom and sensei Warda Mallick, I had no choice but to apply my mind to do the best I can.
“I was also the coach for the team and being put in this position of trust meant I wanted to prove I was the right person for the job. That motivated me even more.”
She enjoyed competing with her sister, Luchay, a Grade 10 pupil at St James High.
“She is a world medallist [in her age-group] and just competing with her made me bring my best to the table,” she said.