High aims for Hilton boy

2013-07-20 00:00

HILTON College’s latest hockey star is an all-rounder in every sense of the word.

Sevilla, Spain-born Mudiwa Llobell (16) of Pietermaritzburg recently got selected into the South African U16 hockey squad.

But the teenager, who also has national age-group colours for tennis and achieves academically, now hopes to get into the KZN soccer side later this year.

The Grade 11 pupil told Weekend Witness yesterday that he was quite shocked to find out he had made the national U16 side.

“When I first got to Hilton College in Grade 8, I wasn’t a top player. But, I’ve worked quite hard and improved my game over the years,” said Mudiwa.

Due to the sporting choices he has in front of him, he wasn’t looking too far ahead.

“Next year, they’re choosing the under-18 side for the Youth Olympics. I’d really like to make that side and see where it goes from there,” he said.

A highlight for the year, he said, was beating their fiercest rivals Maritzburg College 3-1 in their own backyard.

Mudiwa said the two sportsmen he looked up to the most were 20-year-old senior national team player Justin Reid Ross, and tennis superstar Rafael Nadal.

“Nadal is important to me because of how he has dealt with injuries. I to have had injury problems,” he said, adding that he has just recovered from a tennis-specific injury that kept him out of the sport for two months.

“I’m pretty happy with what I have achieved. I’ve worked hard for it,” he said.

“I’m quite into my soccer as well, and I’m hoping to make the KZN side this year.”

He had not yet decided which sport he wanted to carry on with after completing matric next year.

“I’ll carry on with sport, but I’m not sure which. Tennis has a lot of opportunities because you can get scholarships to study in the States, while with hockey, you get the chance to go play in Europe,” said Mudiwa, who started his sporting journey at Maritzburg’s Epworth School.

His mother Joy Chimombe could not hide her delight when speaking to The Witness yesterday.

“I’m delighted. He’s a very good sportsman. I watched him at the inter-provincial tournament in Johannesburg a couple of weeks ago,” she said.

She said her son could be lost to the sporting fraternity after he completed school.

“Funnily enough, he wants to study medicine. He wants to be a doctor,” she said.

Hilton College marketing director Paul Guthrie said Mudiwa was a highly competent sportsman and had enormous potential.

“We are extremely proud of his selection to the U16 SA hockey squad and wish him well as he moves through the age groups in all the various sports,” he said.

He added that the teenager was a competent academic who fulfilled his academic commitments.

“He is a top all-rounder.”

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