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Saturday, January 18, 2014


EIGHT-year-old Josh Andrew Worsley is making his international debut in the 2nd Adidas International Karate Cup still going on at the Makati Coliseum as of Saturday.

But the St. Paul College Pasig-Davao Grade 2 student is more thrilled than nervous to be seeing action in a huge tournament for the first time.

"I am so excited to be going to the international competition in Manila. I will try my hardest so my family, Coach and Davao City will be proud of the team and myself. We will make you proud," Josh said.

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Josh joined the six-member AAK-Davao team that is composed of Carmela Marie Estarija, Gabriel Quiñones, John Paul Ponce, Jam Ramirez and Jamaica Quiben in the International Cup.

He learned the ropes of the sport in 2011 when Association for the Advancement of Karatedo (AAK)-Davao chief Rommel Tan held a summer karate clinic at Bacaca Road's Zoofari Kids Adventure owned by Josh's parents Andrew Mark and Mary Ann Worsley. The young karateka's Dad is British while his Mom is Filipino. Josh, however, was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Worsley couple also owns the Outback Grill and Threadz Embroidery and Apparel.

Josh first competed in a local tournament at the Gaisano Grand Citimall where he annexed two gold medals.

"It was my first competition and I still keep the medals hanging over my bed as a reminder to keep trying harder in everything I do," he told Sun.Star Davao.

He spoke highly of Sensei Rommel who he said inspires him to work and train harder, saying: "We have to watch our thoughts, as they become words. We watch our words, as they will become our actions. Watch our actions, as they will become our habits. We watch our habits, as they will become our character. We watch our character, as that will become our destiny."

Coach Rommel, for his part, praised Josh for being "obedient, patient and attentive".

"He really listens well," Coach Rommel added.

Although karate is his favorite sport, Josh also plays soccer.

Hopes are high, indeed, for this Ironman fan as he pursues the sport he loves with his brand of passion and determination to succeed.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 19, 2014.

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