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Ace Judoka Chase chosen for national student side
- Updated: April 9, 2014
Madibaz judo star Matthew Chase has been included in the South African student team after claiming two gold medals at the Ussa championships at NMMU’s Missionvale Campus in Port Elizabeth at the weekend.
The national student’s team will be competing at a world event in Portugal towards the end of the year.
Chase, seen right, who won gold in the Under-60 and Under-66 kilogram divisions, led his team to their first overall title in the annual competition contested by the country’s top six tertiary institutions.
The Nelson Mandela Metropole University’s medal tally of 16, which also included four silvers and 10 bronzes, saw them finish ahead of Tuks and Maties after two days of intense competition.
Chase, who was named the most promising male athlete, said the event was one of the major ones on the calendar and featured the top judokas in the country.
ÔÇ£I’m very happy with my results,ÔÇØ said the 20-year-old, who had trained twice daily in the lead-up to the tournament. ÔÇ£To keep my sports bursary, I need to perform at my best.ÔÇØ
The first-year electrical engineering student is already no stranger to success after placing third at the African Junior Championships in 2013 and 2014.
According to NMMU martial arts manager Bernard Petersen, the Madibaz’s success could be attributed to ÔÇ£a collective effortÔÇØ and the hosts duly received the most spirited team award.