ACG Strathallan student Charlie McDougall and his teacher and sensei Penny Cheketri have won medals at the 4th World Goju Ryu Karate Federation Championships in Romania.
Ms Cheketri is a 5th dan black belt who has been practising karate for 35 years. She won a gold medal in her division.
“Standing up on the podium and holding the New Zealand flag high while singing our national anthem is a very moving and proud experience,” she said. “The excitement and support from New Zealand supporters, team members and coaches was phenomenal.”
She said it was also a proud moment watching Charlie, 8, perform so well on the world stage. He competed in the boys 8/9 years division for Kata, Kumite and Irikumi and won a bronze medal.
“It’s a massive achievement,” Ms Cheketri said. “His division was very big and he had to perform his katas several times against some very tough competitors. He is an amazing karateka and very much earned and deserved the medal he won. I look forward to seeing his future achievements in karate.”
Ms Cheketri runs the successful Cheketri Karate School at ACG Strathallan and is also a primary school teacher at the school. Around 70% of the school’s primary students have learned karate through her – as well as many college students and some parents.
Fellow karate teacher Laura Fourie won a gold medal for kumite, bronze for kata, and a team bronze medal.