Raphael Veras, the National Karate Coach for Luxembourg, and Karate athletes Laura Hoffmann and Pola Giorgetti stopped by RTL Today Radio to chat about their successes, aims and the challenges of Sports careers.

RTL Today Radio's Melissa Dalton was joined by the sporty trio on her afternoon show The Home Stretch!

Raphael Veras claims attitude, discipline and commitment to be the three most important attributes of a professional sportsperson. When asked about his aims for Luxembourg's National Karate Team, he replies that he wants the team to develop and to thrive in a competitive environment. Having worked with Team GB, the Jamaican Olympic Association and The Hong Kong Olympic Squad, Veras certainly has a lot of experience to back him up.

Raphael Veras was joined by two of his athletes, Laura Hoffmann and Pola Giorgetti, who spoke to Melissa Dalton about their personal experiences becoming professional Sportswomen. The former started Karate when she was seven and the latter when she was six. Both have performed incredibly well in the recent European Championships, Hoffmann securing the fifth place and Giorgetti the ninth. In recent years, the whole Team has scored 4 medals in the World Karate Federation.

'Go for it' says Giorgetti when asked to give advice to young Karate enthusiasts, especially female ones. The physical and mental strength gained through Karate helps combat fears and insecurities in all other parts of life, the sportswoman adds. Hoffmann, who does social work in Sportlycée alongside her sports career, claims that the values acquired are beneficial for personal development, and that organization and motivation are key to succeed in balancing out all constituents of an athlete's life.

If you want to find out more about what the two Karate athletes and their Coach had to say, listen to the full interview below or on The Home stretch on RTL Play.

To stay updated and informed about upcoming competitions and successes, the Luxembourg National Karate Team encourages you to follow them on Instagram and Facebook @Karate - Luxembourg National Team.

Luxembourg National Karate Team on The Home Stretch