Drew is a JKA world champ

Drew Townley with her medal from the 2017 JKA World Championships.

DREW Townley, a Grade 9 learner at Westville Girls’ High School, is a karate champ.

Fifty-eight countries competed in the JKA, Japan Karate Association, 14th World Championships 2017 held at the University of Limerick, Ireland – also known as the “Shoto Cup”.

The competition is held every two years and is one of the toughest traditional karate competitions in the world.

In Kumite (fighting) a division of 34 contestants, Drew successfully fought through to the finals, medalling gold and in doing so became the 2017 JKA Girls 14 years old JKA world champion.

She is one of only a few westerners to achieve this feat this year.

Drew is also one of only a few South Africans that have managed to win at a JKA World Championship in their age division.

Drew trains under Sensei Karin Prinsloo at Pinetown JKA in Cowies Hill.

Maureen van den Berg, the school’s media liaison said: “We are proud of Drew’s achievements, hard work definitely pays off.”



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Deshni Ramkissoon-Pillay

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