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Karate Champion Eager To Learn

The athletes will compet­e amongst 22 countries that have experienced athletes. It’s also a great opportunity to compete at an inter­national platform and the fact that most of participants will be compet­ing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
15 Sep 2019 17:44
Karate Champion Eager To Learn
From left Johnny Anthony with coach Steven Brown in Suva on September 13, 2019. Photo: Grace Narayan.

Being the only athlete rep­resenting Fiji, 25-year old, Johnny Anthony is confident of doing his best at the 5th Karate World Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from September 16-22

Hailing from Buretu in Nakelo, Tailevu, Anthony says, this will be his second outing in a major world championship and he wants to use the opportunity to better his perfor­mance.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity and looking forward to getting more exposure and spending more time on the mat where I can improve my overall performance,” he said.

“My first world cup experience was in 2015 in New Zealand. I would say it was good opportunity for me to improve my skills in this sport. I also represented Fiji at the 2014 Oce­ania Championship.

“It took me six months to prepare for this championship and my aim is to fly the Fiji flag higher.”

Coach Steven Brown who will be accompanying Anthony attended a week- long coaching seminar con­ducted by renowned Karate masters around the world.

“Also, prior to the main champion­ship there is a special seminar on coaching which I will be attending as well,” he said.

“This coaching seminar will in­clude all the masters around the globe conducting training for us which is a privilege.

“I look forward to learn a lot of things and return home to share the knowledge to the local coaches and athletes.

“Unfortunately, we had three ath­letes selected to compete at this championship but due to some family commitments the other two couldn’t avail themselves so we’re going with one.”

Brown said as a coach his main aim is for the athlete to go out and try to learn as much as he or she could.

“It is also an honour to be compet­ing amongst 22 countries that have experienced athletes. It’s also a great opportunity to compete at an inter­national platform and the fact that most of participants will be compet­ing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

“I would like to thank our list of sponsors without them our trip wouldn’t have been possible.

“They are Wing Sang, Lateef and Lateef Lawyers, Koroi family from England, Brown family from Aus­tralia, Ram Ritu and Status Plus.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua




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