At eight years of age, chess whiz, Minentle Miya, is the youngest-ever gsport Awards finalist, and in the 2019 edition of the gsport Award, this self-made chess winning machine is up against leading SA U16 squash star, Awande Malinga and South Africa’s second ranked junior golfer, Kaiyuree Moodley, for the gsport Schools Sport Star Award.

The School Sports Star of the Year award goes to a sportswoman under the age of 18 who has excelled as an athlete, with a focus on personal improvement during the year under review, alongside outstanding achievement.

The talented Miya, who will travel to China on 20 August to represent South Africa at the World Cadets Chess Champions, found the Judges’ favour to be shortlisted for the prestigious Award.

Miya has achieved more than what some people her age could only dream of. The grade three learner is energetic and creative as she lives her passion for chess.

“I’m over the moon and words fail me on how to express myself!” – 2019 gsport School Sports Star finalist, Minentle Miya

The natural chess talent played her first major national competition in December (SA Junior Teams Championships) in the Under-8 category at Birchwood Hotel and won all her games. Her performance led to her being invited to the prestigious SA Junior Closed Chess Championships, held in Benoni in March 2019.

Miya’s recent achievements include Best Player at the 2018 Trials (Highest Merit Points) – DR Kenneth Kaunda district. She won 27 out of 29 games played between Jan-May 2019. Gauteng West District – Under-11 Champion 2019.

Awande Malinga is a 14-year old squash star and multiple champion, and ranks in the top 10 in South Africa and boasting a streak of impressive records to back her impressive ranking among the country’s outstanding female squash players.

The grade eight learner was the number-one ranked girl squash player for four consecutive years. She is a three-times Northerns Junior Squash Association Player of the Year for Girls Primary Schools Squash, and the 2018-2019 NJSA number one girl in the under-16 age group.

“I am extremely proud that I am part of the Finalists of the 2019 gsport Schools Sport Star of the Year.”– 2019 gsport School Sports Star finalist, Awande Malinga

Kaiyuree Moodley started playing golf at the tender age of 5 in 2006. Now 17 years old, the golf master is ranked no.2 in the South African Golf junior rankings, having won the Gauteng North Junior Open championship, becoming the Southern Cape Ladies Champion and Boland Ladies Open Champion, all in 2018 alone.

The vibrant matriculant has also made a name for herself around the world when represented SA at the highest level, having been part of the US Kids Teen World Championships where she finished sixth, and she also formed part of the US Kids European Champions in Scotland where her lowest finishing was fifth in all the six years she’s participated in.

“I am so honoured to be a finalist in the School Sports Star for the Year!”– 2019 gsport School Sports Star finalist, Kaiyuree Moodley

To vote for your favourite #gsport14 Finalist, register a free membership at gsport.co.za by using your email or social media account. Voting closes on National Women’s Day, 9 August 2019, and winners will be unveiled at the 2019 gsport Awards at the end of August.

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The gsport Schools Sport Star Honours Roll:
2016: Nokwanda Hlongwane (Wheelchair tennis player)
2017: Laura Wolvaardt (Cricketer)
2018:Gontse Morake (Track athlete)

 

Photo 1 Caption: Awande Malinga is a 14-year old squash star and multiple champion, and ranks in the top 10 in South Africa and boasting a streak of impressive records to back her impressive ranking among the country’s outstanding female squash players. Photo: Supplied

Photo 2 Caption: Kaiyuree Moodley started playing golf at the tender age of 5 in 2006. Now 17 years old, the golf master is ranked no.2 in the South African Golf junior rankings, having won the Gauteng North Junior Open championship, becoming the Southern Cape Ladies Champion and Boland Ladies Open Champion, all in 2018 alone. Photo: Supplied

Photo 3 Caption: An eight-year old self-made chess whiz, Minentle Miya won all her Under-8 category matches at the SA Junior Teams Championships last December, where her performance led to her being invited to the prestigious SA Junior Closed Chess Championships. Photo: Supplied