Karate champ to represent SA

Dhruv hopes to represent SA one day at the Olympics.

Karate champ, Dhruv Heeralal (11), will be jetting off to Botswana to represent South Africa in the AUSC (Zone 6) championship in May. The dynamic karateka, a Grade 6 learner at Allandale Primary School, has also been selected to compete against the top 10 ranked athletes in South Africa at the Premier League 1 to be hosted in Bloemfontein next week, and the International Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Tournament.
Dhruv’s karate career began at the age of 4 and he has since competed in national and international tournaments.
According to his proud mom, Maggs Heeralal, the year started off with a host of tournaments in which he was victorious.
She said, “As a family, we are indeed proud of Dhruv’s karate achievement. He balances his academics and karate time. His amazing personality is always motivating and warms the hearts of all his teachers and colleagues, both in school and the dojo. His achievements are an inspiration to other children to display their talents and efforts, as we all need to ignite the fire of the champion within us.”
Dhruv is in mentored by his sensei and older brother, Hemal Heerlal. Hemal is a black belt who successfully passed his grading exam in December last year under the directive of the President of Karate South Africa Hanshi Sonny Pillay.
Dhruv recently achieved his Umgungundlovu District karate colours, KZN Regional karate colours, and his outstanding performance against national competitors at the KSA National Tournament hosted at the Tongaat Sports Hall in March. He was successfully awarded his South African National Colours in the third consecutive year.
After a successful victory of winning bronze in Zimbabawe in 2016 and double gold in Mozambique in 2017 for both forms of karate being kata and kumite, Dhruv is excited to bring honour to South Africa and Pietermaritzburg again.
Heeralal said, “Dhruv is displaying his true Protea power, along with his sensei and raising the South African flag high on international soil.”
Dhruv said he is determined and positive about achieving success in all tournaments. He hopes to one day compete at the Olympics, displaying the green and gold South African colours.

  AUTHOR
Keroshini Paltu

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