Nathalie Gibson is a champion
As a teenager growing up she had a lot of combats at home with the boys and her brother. Realizing the aggression and belligerence, her brother persuaded her to join a karate club (YMCA), “I used to do a lot of fighting at home with the boys and my brother.”
Gibson who made no hesitation of following the quest is now Guyana’s Pan American and World Cup champion.
The thirty-three years old fighter who started her career at age eleven won gold at the recent 2012 World Cup International Karate Daigaku Championship in Toronto, Canada last July.
The former Dolphin Community High School and Guyana Technical Institute (GTI) student revealed that she dedicated six months of training to achieve her gold medal at the World Cup.
Gibson, who was proud of her teammates who participated and represented Guyana in the Championship as well, indicated that her hard work was produced without a Coach, “I do not have a Coach that trains me; technically I am my tutor. I do a lot of research on the internet, especially YouTube to learn new things and develop myself.”
Gibson explained that her earlier rounds in the Championship was like a walk in the park before she came across her opponent in the final who was a tough cookie, “The final was tough. The girl was a great opponent and she had the moves.”
The only way Guyana’s World Cup champion was able to brush off her opponent was when she made great use of her speed, “I kept focus and applied my speed and succeeded in getting my gold medal.”
The athlete is now focusing on the Caribbean Championship which is set for St. Vincent. Gibson earned a silver medal last year at that Championship.
The committed athlete, who is also an instructor for athletes at YMCA, is hoping to have a personal sponsor as she continues with her career.
Interested personals can contact her on 664-8040. (Juanita Hooper)