The Ryushinkan team that represented Botswana at the recent annual Ryushinkan International Karate Southern African Championship in Cape Town, South Africa has put in an impressive performance to surpass its target. The 39-member team brought home a total of 29 medals, including 12 gold medals. The target for the team was to get bat least three gold medals but instead it attained 12 gold medals. International Ryushinkan Karate Do Botswana chairperson Keorapetse Dube could not contain his excitement about the performance of the team. He said this result shows that indeed there is progress in their team. He said they expected to get a higher number of bronze medals since the have sent a lot of new players. It has been revealed that 19 of the players that made part of the team at the competition were competing in a karate tournament for the first time. Furthermore, Dube said the team was made up of only five senior players. Despite this composition, they still managed to collect 29 medals. According to Dube, for this team to have managed this is a sign that development is yielding results. “We do not take finished products. We take fresh people and introduce them to karate but they still do well. This is proof that we are doing a great job at the level of grass roots development,” said Dube. He said grass root development remains an integral part of their development strategy to produce elite players. The team, which was captained by Molefe Molemi, was as under the tutelage of Sensei Karabo Madianakedi. Team Botswana showed its intentions on the first day of the tournament by scooping nine medals. The first medal came courtesy of the captain, getting a gold medal in the Kumite Under-84kg category. Not only did the athletes do well at the championships but also the officials as Dube was awarded the second Dan black belt.