It is always good to see a sponsored cause yielding positive results and putting the resources to good use. Over the past 2 years, Transnet has been sponsoring the Wiehahn Eksteen Karate team to the world Karate competitions and the team’s performance improves every year.
This year, Transnet afforded ten karate students another opportunity to attend the 15th FSKA World Cup in Zukowo, Poland, a tournament comprising of more than 700 athletes with a representation of 23 countries. Since 2005, the school has brought back home gold, silver and bronze medals. This year the hard working and dedicated group which trains a minimum of 2 days week from January to December emerged with two gold and two bronze medals.
Apart from the thrill of the competition, the 12 participating students also enjoyed a guided tour to the old northerly city of Gdansk and had a view of the Baltic Sea in the city of Soppot and a visit to the demolished Old Town of Warsawwhich was destroyed in the 2nd World War and has now been rebuilt to its former glory.
In appreciation, Sensei Wiehahn Eksteen, 6th Dan Black Belt and founder of the karate school had this to say:
‘’On behalf of the Wiehahn Eksteen Karate Funakoshi Shotokan, I once again would like to thank Transnet for enriching our students’ lives with such a huge gift of travelling, engaging with so many different cultures and exchanging track suits with countries such as Kazakhstan, Portugal, and Russia. Most of all we have been enriched by learning from and experiencing world class tournaments that Transnet has accorded us through the continued sponsorships’’.