Elite Athlete Development Programme Media Release
Judo world at young Martin’s
Durban – 15 year old schoolgirl Jasmine Martin is taking the
national and international judo stage by storm and has her sights
firmly set on a Commonwealth Judo Champoionships gold medal this
year as part of her greater Olympic dreams.
The Werda school girl has had judo in her blood from a young age
and following her early upbringing in Brazil the Queensburgh
resident is hoping that the standard of judo can improve in this
country and compete with the top nations in the world.
“Judo in Brazil is very big and so I got into it when I was six
years old,” Martin said. “People start taking part when they are
very young which gives them an advantage over some of the other
countries where the sport is not as popular.
“The standard in South Africa is improving but we are still quite
a long way behind countries like Japan, Korea, Brazil, France and
Martin’s record is an impressive one; she is currently both the
Under 18 and Under 21 women’s national champion and dominated at
the national championships earlier in the year which got her
double Protea colours.
“I made the national team following the South African
championships however without a sponsor I was unable to go which
“Besides I just want to keep working really hard at my judo so
that I can continue to do well in order to achieve the goals that
I have set for myself,” a focused Martin added.
The Elite Athlete Development Programme athlete has seen her judo
come on promisingly since she became part of the KZN Department
of Sport and Recreation programme and she hopes that she can
continue this growth as she eyes out some of the world’s biggest
events in the future.
“Brazil’s judo was strong however being part of the Elite Athlete
Development Programme has given me the support that I need and I
have seen how much I have improved in my time with the people at
“Mondli is incredible and helps me become stronger and better. My
judo skills have not only improved – I have become a lot
stronger,” she explained.
With the help of the team at Prime Human Performance Institute
Martin has set her sights on claiming medals at the world’s
biggest events, starting next month.
“I want to win gold in the Commonwealth Judo champs in Port
Elizabeth in April and gold in the African Champs this year.
“The future goals are a medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo but
also to be able to give my parents a gold medal in their home
town at the Commonwealth Games in 2022 is one of my biggest
aims,” a focused Martin explained.
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Having beaten girls
in age groups above hers, 15 year old judo and Elite Athlete
Development Programme star Jasmine Martin will look to continue
her rise when she heads to the Commonwealth Judo Championships in
Port Elizabeth soon.
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