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Karate kid off to Aust

Zanzeer Singh
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

STAR of Fiji karate, Jasmine Rafiq will leave for Australia to further her studies.

Jasmine, who completed Form Seven at Natabua High School last year, is ranked 15th in the World Karate Federation junior female kata category.

The teenager who is looking forward to furthering her education abroad will be available to represent the nation in international competitions.

The 18-year-old said she was excited about the training opportunities in Australia.

She said her aim was to represent Fiji in the 2020 Olympics if karate was chosen as a sport.

"With the extra exposure I hope to come back and help in the development of karate in the country, especially at my club in Lautoka," Jasmine said.

"My aim is to represent Fiji in the 2020 Olympics should karate be chosen as a sport. I'm grateful to my dad Abdul Khaiyum and mum Paula for supporting me all the way."

"I would like to thank my instructor Amit Prakash and fellow club members who have inspired me."

"To be ranked number 15 in the world in the junior kata event is just special. With the high level training in Australia I hope to better that next year."

Jasmine is ranked 41st in the female junior kumite Under-53kg category.





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