Hitting the big time



September 12, 2016
Hitting the big time

BEST OF THE BEST: Gershwin, left, Tosca, centre, and Jayden Molander show off their medals

Karate siblings kick butt in cup.

These Cape Flats karate kids just can’t stop kicking butt.

Jayden Molander is his mother and father’s pride after he won yet another karate competition.

And he’s not the only one.

Last week the nine-year-old Mitchells Plain boy and his siblings, Gershwin and Tosca, dominated at the Cape Town Open Cup Karate competition in Bellville.

Jayden won gold in the age group seven to nine years, Gershwin won two bronze medals in his age group 10-12 years, and Tosca won bronze in her age group 16-18 years.

The siblings beat out more than 200 competitors in different age groups, including children from Botswana.

Their foster parents, Maxine and Isaiah Molander, say although it’s a struggle financially to get the trio to compete, they do whatever it takes.

Die goed is duur maar die is my kinders en ek sal dood gaan vir hulle, (The things are expensive, but they are my children and I will die for them)” Isaiah says.

“It makes us very proud to see them do so well.”

Jayden has been living with the Molanders since he was two years old, when he was found abandoned under a bridge in Lentegeur, Mitchells Plain.

Meanwhile, Gershwin has only been with the family for two years.

“Gershwin came to live with us because he wanted to be with his sister,” says Isaiah.

“When he came here I signed him up for karate as well and he’s also doing well,” the proud father adds.

Jayden has been doing karate for just over two years.

“I still get nervous before I fight but when it’s my turn, then I kick the nerves away,” he says.

They’re gearing up for a national interschools tournament in Johannesburg in October.

But the family need about R4 000 to do the trip.

Maxine worries that Jayden will pull out of the competition if his father doesn’t accompany him.

“We don’t want to send the children alone because they are still too young,” she says.

“Now we are raising money for Isaiah so he can go with then children.

“Jayden is very attached to his father so he might not even want to fight if his daddy can’t go with him.”

Anyone who would like to assist the Molanders can contact them on 073 795 1352 or 071 010 7198.

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