Nabeehah Makes History

by | Nov 6, 2008

Nabeehah Sayed made history for South Africa, when she became the first person
to bring home a gold medal from the WAKO (World Association of Kickboxing
Organizations) World Championships, which took place in Naples, Italy from
24-27 September 2008, where she represented a 66-member Springbok team, along
with her coach and cousin, Irshaad Sayed.

South African team brought home 11 medals, 9 bronze, two silver and one gold
from this tournament, which is considered to be the most prestigious K-1
(kickboxing) competition in the world, with over 40 countries and 1200 fighters
competing. Nabeehah had been training for 11 months, 6 days a week, running 3 5
km per day for this event.

Nabeehah was also chosen to represent Western Province u19 cricket but had to
turn down the position as she was focused on the World Champs. Nabeehah’s coach
and cousin, Irshaad Sayed has played a major role in her success. Irshaad is
currently the World Muay Thai Light Weight Champion (WPMF)He has been an
inspiration and role model to Nabeehah.
He has been dedicated to her success.
Nabeehah and Irshaad represented Western Province at the South African National
Championships in Centurion from 3-5 October 2008. This event is organized by
SAAKA (South African Amateur Kickboxing Association). Irshaad won Gold and is
now also the South African National champion for K-1. Nabeehah won Gold and is
now also the South African National Champion for Full Contact.
Both Irshaad and Nabeehah, as focused as they are on their sport, are also well
balanced individuals as they keep their priorities in check with regard to
spiritual, family, academics, etc. Irshaad was chosen as a rotary exchange
student in 2007 and spent his post matric year in Thailand as a rotary exchange
student. Irshaad matriculated in 2006 at Rondebosch Boys High School. Irshaad
teaches Muay Thai at his club "White Tiger" in Rondebosch East. Nabeehah has
also had an "A" aggregate pass in term 3 at Rustenburg Girls
High School in

They both have full support of their family and local community.
We believe that they can be great role models and an asset to the community.

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