Karate-fighting nurse takes fitness out of the ring, into hospital
Mamokete Moleme may look like your average Klerksdorp Tshepong Hospital Complex health worker, but on the weekends this mild-mannered nurse trades the wards for the ring as a karate champion.
Moleme, 36, recently won four medals and a trophy during a karate tournament held at Kimberley’s Mayibuye Multipurpose Centre in the Northern Cape. The event was held as part of the selection process to see which South African fighters will represent the country at an upcoming 2016 Thailand tournament.
The Northern Cape competition saw Moleme win a gold medal in the Best Female Fighter category as well as a silver medal for best karate performance.
“I hope that this is a start of the great things to come,” said Moleme, reflecting on her recent win. “I feel happy as a sportswoman and this gives me pride and confidence as I have put lot of hard work and determination in to win.”
Moleme hopes that she can take what she has learned about fitness out of the ring and into the hospital by developing a healthy lifestyle programme for fellow health care workers.
According to Klerksdorp Tshepong Hospital Complex spokesperson Nico Masiu, Moleme had submitted a proposal to management to open an aerobics club to help employees improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle and a healthy mind.
Moleme told OurHealth she hopes to include cardio fitness and weight loss activities as part of the programme. The intensive care unit nurse said she also hoped that the club would help some of the staff get over the hang-ups that keep many of us out of the gym.
According to Moleme, some studies have shown that the way people feel about themselves and their bodies – and not just accurate health knowledge alone – can determine whether people decide to get fit.
It takes “self determination, courage and willingness to be influenced positively,” she said.
An edited version of this story was also published on IOL.co.z