Boy, 9, defends his title



September 28, 2016
Boy, 9, defends his title

CHAMP: Jayden Molander (wearing blue gloves) came out tops and secured another golden win

This karate kid kicked butt at Unicity Championship on Saturday.

Little Jayden Molander has once again shown why he’s known as Bruce Wee of the Cape Flats.

The nine-year-old karate kid kicked butt at the Western Cape Sports School in Kuils River on Saturday to defend his Unicity Championship title, and walked away with a gold medal.

His elder brother Gershwin, 11, won silver in his fight.

After bagging goud in the elite division, the youngster has secured an opportunity to defend his title at the South African National Karate Championships next year.

Jayden was crowned national champ in Durban in March.

The boy’s parents feared he might not make it to Durban because they didn’t have enough money.

It was then that the Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, stepped in and sponsored Jayden’s trip to the tune of R9 000.

Jayden’s medals tally now stands at nine golds and two silvers, after just two years of doing karate. He won three gold medals over the last few weeks alone.

Jayden has been in the care of the Molanders, who are pensioners, since the age of two.

He was found abandoned in a pool of water under a bridge in Mitchells Plain.

Proud mom Maxine Molander says she is “stunned” at her kids’ sterling performance.

“Jayden got his gold again on Saturday and Gershwin won silver in his fight. I am so proud to see their happiness at their achievement because of their hard work.

“We can only thank God,” says Maxine.

The mom says Jayden’s next competition is in Joburg, and that local government will be on board again to assist with the R14 000 required.

“Jayden wants his father to travel with him. He does not want to go alone. His father is his life coach,” she explains.

Ricardo MacKenzie, DA Constituency Head for Mitchells Plain, says: “The Molanders are in the process of adopting Jayden and Provincial Government will continue to offer support to the family.”

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