Siya is a sporting star

Siya Mkhanya

KLOOF Senior Primary School’s SPAR Star of the Month is Siya Mkhanya.

The 13-year-old plays as many sports as he possibly can and enjoys being an integral part of a team as well as running solo. He plays cricket, hockey, rugby and soccer and also takes part in cross-country and is the Field House captain. He hopes to be chosen as the hockey captain, a position that will be awarded this term.

“I enjoy playing each and every sport. This is probably because my friends and I really enjoy being on the sports field and you also have the chance of meeting new people when you play games against other schools,” said the Grade 7 learner.

He is the vice captain of the cricket team, a post he was grateful to be nominated for, and said it has allowed him to grow as an individual.

“I don’t feel the pressure of the position as I enjoy being there for my team and supporting my teammates in any way that I can,” said the humble teen. His sports hero is AB de Villiers.

“He is a generous player and puts his team before himself, he is a great motivator and has done so well for South Africa,” said Siya.

Talking about his high school career, Siya said he would enjoy taking part in every sport but realistically he would have to cut this down to just three; cricket, rugby and hockey.

“My first choice will always be cricket,” he laughed.

This year he made KZN A-side hockey team. “It felt great to be chosen and I knew everyone already,” said Siya. The team played against the KZN Coastals U14 team recently and won the match 3-1. “It was fun, we enjoyed each other’s company and played really well together.”

He really enjoys watching cricket and inbetween school work and his extracurricular activities, he fits in training three times a week, which includes stretches, bowling and batting and private lessons in Hillcrest.

“It is the drama,” said Siya as he described his passion for the sport. “Your team is batting and you score a big total and then the next team is about to reach your total but then lose by one run. You become mentally focused and take your time when you’re batting, you try not to rush yourself. When you’re bowling your whole team is on your side and will be there to lift you up and encourage you when you need it.”

He hopes that his skills on the cricket pitch will one day land him a coveted spot on the Proteas Cricket team.

Until that time, Siya said he will focus on passing Grade 7 and said it was difficult for him to pick just one favourite subject from his nine.

“It would probably have to be maths as I want to study physiotherapy as I think it will be an interesting career path as I will be in the position to help people with their injuries. I would like to thank my family, coaches and friends for their support as without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Lloyd Mackenzie

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