For Hillcrest International Schools student, being curious and determined does not stop when we close for the holidays.
In particular three of our students James, Gil and Sohail really showed their commitment to their sport over the recent holidays.
James and Gil, members of the Ligi Ndogo Football Club which trains at Hillcrest after school and on Saturdays, made the selection for the Kenya Under 14 National Team, of which James is currently captain. During the holidays he led his team to Southampton in the UK to participate in the Southampton Tournament. The Kenya team performed exceptionally well and brought home the shield!
We were delighted to also hear from Year 10 student, Sohail, who participated in an Under 15 cricket tournament in Nairobi, which had various Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association teams playing over a period of two weeks. Several games were played and we are pleased that on the back of two man-of-the-match performances, Sohail was awarded the ‘Best Bowler of the Tournament’, given that he had taken the highest number of wickets. Additionally, he had the second highest number of runs scored and missed the ‘Best Batsman’ award by only 3 runs!
What Sohail might not have known was that Cricket Kenya had selectors scouting during the tournament, and Sohail was asked to represent the National Kenya Under 15 Cricket team in a regional tournament held in Nakuru. He has subsequently been invited to additional training as Cricket Kenya will be having more games and tournaments in the near future.
Not happy to stop with cricket, Sohail and his sister Samar, enrolled in the Elite Tennis Academy camp during their holiday to Barcelona, Spain.
The international camp lasted just over a week, with the children playing several hours of tennis a day. Although 14 years old, Sohail was promoted to play in the Under 19 category, where playing against older boys really helped develop his game.
Sohail’s commitment which he gives to his sports is truly impressive and we are very proud and excited to have such a dedicated young man studying at Hillcrest Secondary.