Elite Athlete Development Programme Media Release
Martin continuing her meteoric
rise with Region 5 gold
Durban – Teenage judo star Jasmine Martin played a vital role in
the significant medal contribution that her code delivered for
Team South Africa at the AUSC Region 5 Games in Luanda, Angola
that featured teams from around Southern Africa boosting her
drive to realise her Olympic dream.
The 16 year judoka has been making waves throughout the continent
recently as she continues to grow and push towards eventually
representing South Africa at the Olympic Games, however despite
having a successful 2016 she understands that there is a tough
road ahead of her.
“I was really happy with how everything went in 2016,” the
Queensburgh resident said.
“I won a lot of medals and finished the year being ranked inside
the top 20 in the world which was a huge positive, but I know
that I have to move up a weight category into my Olympic weight
category which means the girls are bigger and stronger.
“It is going to be really hard but I am really looking forward to
the challenge that the next stage of my career is going to pose,”
a down-to-earth Martin added.
Following a long 2016 Martin’s motivation was at an all-time high
when she took part in the Zone 5 Games in Angola’s capital Luanda
and with her victory in her weight category she became the first
South African women to earn a gold medal at the games.
“It was great to finish the year off with a gold medal at the
Region 5 Games and it really just motivates me to carry on
performing well and working hard,” she continued.
Martin mentioned early in 2016 that her aim is to win a medal at
the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, as well as giving her parents a
medal in her home town’s Commonwealth Games in 2022 however
putting in the hard yards now is something she is ready to do.
“Moving up into a different weight category means that I am going
to have to get faster and build more mass to compete but I have
Prime and the Elite Athlete Development Programme to help me
along the way.
“2017 is going to be another really big year for me as I want to
win both the Under-18 and the Under-21 titles at the Africa
Championships because those count towards a large number of
ranking points towards the World Championships.
“The African Champs is the event that I am really looking forward
to this year because of the amount of points that I can get from
“It is going to be another big year but I am really looking
forward to the challenge and hoping it will be just as successful
as 2016,” an upbeat Martin commented.
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2016 was another
stellar year for judo whizkid Jasmine Martin who finished with a
gold medal at the Region 5 Games in Angola, but the 16-year-old
is focused on improving in 2017.
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