After winning 25 medals over nine years and receiving her black belt last year, 15-year-old Ayakha Qhomfo is making Cape Town proud as she takes on the global karate scene.

City of Cape Town Executive Mayor Dan Plato commended Qhomfo on her list of achievements at such a young age.

“Her achievements are an example to other young people that their goals can be reached with commitment and hard work. Ayakha’s journey so far is impressive and her future holds much promise.”

Born in Cape Town, Qhomfo took up karate in 2009 in primary school and has earned numerous accolades since. She has won 15 gold, three silver and seven bronze medals.

In September 2018, this young and talented South African won three gold and two bronze medals in the ninth JSKA World Karate Championship, which was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

It is a prestigious global competition with competitors from more than 20 countries such as Germany, Scotland, India, Russia and more taking pa

Qhomfo currently trains at Soon Pretorius Karate, a martial arts school located in Gauteng. With her eyes set on competing at the 2020 World Championships to be held in Germany, there is no stopping this talented karate kid.


City executives and the executive mayor with Ayakha Qhomfo

“We are pleased to see that a young person has such drive and is so goal-oriented. I’d like to encourage other young people to have the same discipline and enthusiasm. We note Ayakha’s efforts to lift the profile of the sport and her plans to improve the wellbeing of others and we wish her well,” said Plato.

Qhomfo is hoping to make her city proud by bringing home more medals next year.

Executive Mayor Dan Plato with the talented 15 year old.


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