Young sports star shines

2016-07-05 06:00
 Malikah Hamza (with the ball) is the People’s Post Let’s Play Sport Star of the Month for June.

Malikah Hamza (with the ball) is the People’s Post Let’s Play Sport Star of the Month for June.

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A young girl who excels in six different sporting codes is the People’s Post Let’s Play Sport Star of the Month for June.

Malikah Hamza (12) who lives in Kensington and is a Grade 6 learner at Reddam House in Durbanville, has at her young age already made her mark in swimming, water polo, cricket, indoor hockey, hockey and soccer. She is especially good in hockey and cricket.

According to her father, Boebie, who nominated her, Malikah playes for Central Hockey Club in the senior ladies second team. Malikah also became the first indoor hockey player in history to make the provincial u.11, u.12, and u.13 sides in the same year (2014) scoring a total of 126 goals.

“At age 9, Malikah became the youngest South African hockey player to scoop a professional sponsorship contract with Mr Price Sport. She has scored 109 goals in the 2013 season and a whopping 264 goals for the 2014 season. She scored 288 goals in 2015 and is currently on 116 goals for 2016.”

She has been chosen for the WP u.13A side this year.

She has won the following awards for hockey:

. Top goal scorer in the Mr Price Sport u.9 Tournament for Wynberg Girls Junior. (Malikah scored 15 of her team’s 16 goals). Wynberg won the tournament.

. Won most outstanding Junior Hockey Player (2013) for Wynberg Girls Junior.

. Won Player of the Tournament at the Regional u.11 indoor hockey tournament (March 2014) as well as regional u.12 indoor hockey tournament in 2015.

. Won two silver medals at the u.12 national indoor tournament (July 2014/15).

. Won Player of the Tournament at the W.I.S.E.U.P u.13 girls tournament (August 2014).

. Top Goal Scorer u.14 for Central Hockey Club in 2014 with 63 goals.

. Top Goal Scorer u.16 for Central Hockey Club in 2014 with 18 goals.

. Top Goal Scorer u.14 for Central Hockey Club in 2015 with 82 goals.

. Top Goal Scorer u.16 for Central Hockey Club in 2015 with 38 goals.

. Outstanding performance u.14 for Chesterhouse.

. Outstanding performance u.18 for Chesterhouse.

. Central Hockey Club u.14 Player of The Year in 2015.

. U.13 Player of the Tournament at the regional indoor tournament in 2016.

. Most Valuable Player u.13 and top goal scorer at Oakhill Festival in Knysna in 2016.

. Top Goal scorer at the inter-provincial u.13 hockey tournament held in Potchefstroom in June 2016.

Malikah is also an accomplished cricketer. “She is an all-rounder who bowls leg breaks and a middle order batsman. She has an unorthodox action which is quite similar to former South African cricketer, Paul Adams,” says Boebie.

“Malikah is highly rated as a leggie and many pundits believe that she will make the senior national side before she reaches matric. Malikah currently plays for St Augustines Cricket Club where Paul Adams and the late Basil D’Oliveira ploughed their trade. She plays in the boys u.11 side as well as the senior ladies side where she took 17 wickets last season and had a top score of 28 not out against UCT. This season she has thus far picked up 17 wickets after only six T20 matches.

“Earlier this year Malikah was invited to the WP u.19 schools girls cricket trials and made it past five grueling rounds. She was later called up into the side but had to withdraw as it coincided with the national u.13 indoor hockey tournament.”

According to Boebie, Malikah is also the only female cricketer in the world who is sponsored by Slazenger.

Malikah was selected for a WP Combined Club XI ladies side to play against the Zimbabwe national ladies side and took the first wicket in the match. This made her the youngest cricketer to play against an international side.

She is currently part of the WP Senior Ladies Winter Squad.

“I enjoy all sports that I participate in,” says Malikah. “Currently its hockey season and I train four days a week and play on Saturdays.”

She says that she has to do well at schoolwork as well. “If I don’t do well academically my parents will stop my sport, so I make sure I work equally hard at both.”

Asked where she would like to be in her sporting career by the time she is in Grade 12, the answer was easy: “I would like to be ready to represent my country in either hockey or cricket.”V You can nominate your sport star by email to Clearly write the subject as Sports Star. You need to mention the achievements of the nominee in detail and the email should be shorter than 300 words. You can also include pictures. The decision of the judges is final.


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