ANDONI COMMUNITY HONOURS COMMONWEALTH GOLD MEDALIST
2014 Commonwealth Taekwondo Gold Medalist, Ms. Josephine Esuku, was honoured with the “Obolo Nation Achiever’s Award by the Andoni Community in Rivers state on 5th November 2017 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
According to organizers of the event, the award was being given to Ms Esuku in view of her achievements in Taekwondo.
The Rivers-indigene has been a consistent feature on the national scene, winning national titles in the dual taekwondo categories of Olympic kyeorugi and poomsae, a rare feat for a taekwondo practitioner.
In 2014, her hard work with crowned with global recognition and medals when she clinched a gold and silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which was held in Glasgow, Scotland.
In 2015, she went on to win two gold and one bronze medal at the Qatar International Taekwondo Opens. In 2016, she won a bronze in the African Senior Taekwondo Championships and at the Korean Ambassador’s Taekwondo Championships. In 2017, she represented Nigeria at the World Taekwondo Championships.
The impressive lady has stated her desire to represent Nigeria at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2019 All African Games.
Responding to the award, Ms Esuku was very elated
“I am very happy that I am being recognized for all the hard work I have put into taekwondo over the years
Speaking on the challenges that faced her, Ms Esuku explained how she managed to survive.
“It has been very hard getting the required financial resources and this was my main hurdle. It ensured that I did not get as exposed as much as I wanted to. Despite this, I kept training hard knowing that when the opportunity came, I had to be ready to deliver for the country and for myself. I will keep working hard to stay on top of my game so I would hopefully qualify from my weight category and represent Nigeria at the next 2019 All African Games and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”
She went on to give some advice to the youths
“Keep training hard and be hopeful. Sometimes, it seems that everything is falling apart, but keep the focus if you truly love what you are doing, and stay positive”
The ceremony was held at the Presidential Hotel in Port Harcourt, River State.