Thursday 15 April 2021
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Karate trials staged for Swakopmund

The Namibia Karate Union (NAKU) will this weekend host its National trials at Swakopmund to select athletes to represent the nation at this year’s numerous international events.
The trials will be held at Dome Swakopmund tomorrow. The trials form part of NAKU’s official competition calendar and are used to determine the National Karate Squad for the 2019 Competition year.
The National Trials are open to all the karate styles officially affiliated to the Namibia Karate Union (there are 9 different karate organisations represented in NAKU).
Entries are limited to athletes who have previously received a medal at the NAKU National Championships, however each organisation is allowed to enter one ‘wildcard’ entry per division as well. At least 150 athletes are expected to participate on the day.
The 2019 National Trials will be used specifically for the selection of the 2019 National Karate Squad. Athletes selected for the National Squad then stand the chance to be selected to represent Namibia at numerous international events such as the Region 5 Karate Championships and the Africa Karate Championships. Athletes will participate in their respective divisions in either the Kata or Kumite events.
“During the trials, athletes’ performances will be assessed by a selection panel. The selection panel consists of senior instructors from the various different styles as well as the National Coach, Llewellyn Manale. Athletes will be scored along various different criteria throughout the day and previous year’s performances will also be taken into account by the selection panel. The panel will then decide on 2-3 athletes per division to make up the National Squad,” said Van der Merwe the president of NAKU.
2018 Commonwealth Bronze Medallist and the First Namibian to participate at a K1 Premier League Tournament, Suzelle Pronks and Freddy Mwiya Jnr who is a double medallist (gold and bronze) at the 2018 Common Wealth Karate Championships will be amongst the headliners at the national trials.
“This Year NAKU will be hosting the 2019 AUSC Region 5 Karate Championships between the 23rd and 25th of May, at the Dome in Swakopmund.
NAKU hopes to deliver a World Class Tournament and more importantly, hopes to allow as many athletes as possible the opportunity to participate internationally. That being said, NAKU is actively looking to attract long-term sponsors to get involved in the sport and assist our athletes in being able to attend more international events.”
Karate continues to grow as a sport and NAKU thoroughly believes its athletes have what it takes to not only be a dominating force in Africa, but on an intercontinental stage as well.

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