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Karate hat-trick by SKA Penampang

16th April, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: SKA Penampang clinched the overall title for the third year running at the 17th Sabah State Under-21, Junior and Cadet Karate Championship that ended at the Kota Kinabalu Sports Complex multipurpose hall yesterday.

They lifted the crown after hauling the most gold medals n the two-day championship organised by Sabah Karate Association (SKA).

The SKA Penampang contingent, under chief coach Gracey Tiwon, bagged 10 gold, seven silver and nine bronze medals.

SKA Tambunan, spearheaded by Kuala Lumpur Sea Games silver medallist Pressy Misty Philip, finished a distant second in the medal tally.

They won five gold, five silver and seven bronze followed by Keningau Sports Complex Karate Club with four gold, three silver and a bronze.

Main Dojo finished fourth with three gold, four silver and three bronze medals while SMK St Joseph Papar completed the top five with three gold, two silver and five bronze.

Gracey said intensive training for the past four months contributed to the successful title defence.

“Our training ran from Monday to Saturday to prepare for the championship and I’m glad that we ended as overall champions.

“I’m happy that the athletes are determined and gave it their all both in training and during competition. We will continue to train harder for future championships,” said Gracey who oversaw the squad training on their own,” said when met after the prize presentation ceremony.

With the victory, SKA Penampang now holds three overall champions titles at state level tournaments including the Sabah State Primary as well as the Secondary School championships.

Lovely Anne Robberth’s double in the Cadet Female Individual Kata and Kumite -47kg, Leandra Alysha (Cadet Female Kumite +54kg), Franz Evans (Cadet Male Kumite +70kg), Eldrich Aaron (Cadet Male Kumite -63kg), Anneliese Anne (Female Special Category Kumite -45kg), Jericho Jones (Male Special Category Kumite -40kg), Arthuric Gideon (Under-21 Male Kumite -84kg), Ivy Olivera Donny (Female Special Category Individual Kata 2006) and Joel Chong (Male Special Category Individual Kata 2005) for SKA Penampang.

Around 400 karatekas from 26 teams, including Sarawak and Labuan with their Malaysia Games (Sukma) trainees, took part in the championship.

Meanwhile, SKA secretary general Julian Chin said the objective of the tournament was to select athletes to represent Sabah for the national level under-21, junior and cadet championship in Perak in June.

Julian, who is also the organising chairman, urged the SKA affiliates districts and clubs to further enhance their karate skills and knowledge, which he believed would help develop Sabah karate to greater heights.

Sabah Sports Board chairman Datuk Louis Rampas and general manager Datuk Penyuki Matta were among those present where the former also officially declared the championship closed.

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