For anybody that has been following her story, you should know by now how remarkable the 15 year old hockey and cricket protégé, Malikah Hamza, is. There is no sport that she cannot master and no record that she cannot break. It is fitting then that the Mail and Guardian have named her as one of its top 200 young South Africans, in the category of sports.
After picking up a hockey stick in the early years of primary school, she has racked up countless honours and her reputation as a sporting powerhouse precedes her. Aged 9, she became the youngest South African hockey player to scoop a professional sponsorship contract with Mr Price and two years later, she became the only female cricketer in the world to be sponsored by Slazenger. In 2015, Malikah became the youngest cricketer ever to play against a senior international cricket side in a T20 match. She took the first wicket in the match.
On the Hockey field, Hamza regularly passes a half-century of goals every season. In her indoor hockey games, the numbers start to look ridiculously good: she has scored over 200 goals a year since 2014. She now sits a handful away from an incredible 1 500 career goals.
She is often chosen for sides where her teammates are several years older than her and most recently she earned a trial to win a spot in the U21A Southern Gauteng side. It is daunting playing with teammates that are up to 6 years older than her but says that she was not made to feel like she does not belong. “At first I was nervous but then I met everybody. I just felt that I could gel really well with them even though they were five years older than me. The coach was really cool, he backed me all the way. I felt safe with the team,” says Malikah.
After her involvement with the U21s, she will be touring Europe next season with the All African U16 indoor hockey team. Her short-term goal is to make the national U16 side and then set her sights on qualifying for the under 21 World Cup and the Youth Olympics. She is working towards becoming a capped international player before she’s finished with matric, and given that she is good at everything she does, it is almost certain that she will achieve that goal.
Source(s): Edited from a story on the Mail and Guardian website, other.
Note: Each year, the Mail and Guardians asks the public to nominate the most remarkable young people between the ages of 18 and 35. This year, they received 6000 nominations and out of these, only 200 were chosen. These young people are considered the best of the best and many have gone on to make significant strides in their respective fields.