Michaela has bags full of tal­ent

Zululand Observer - Monday - - SPORT - Richard Springo­rum

EM­PAN­GENI High School learner Michaela Smith has been se­lected as the April win­ner of the Su­per­sport Let’s Play com­pe­ti­tion.

She rolled her way into the U15 KZN lawn bowls team and bagged a bronze medal at the in­ter-pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment held in Bloem­fontein last month.

The 13-year-old took up bowls af­ter spend­ing tons of time next to the greens sup­port­ing her dad.

‘A pas­sion and love for the sport ig­nited and grew within me,’ said Smith.

‘So, at the be­gin­ning of last year I de­cided to take up the sport.’

Smith started by com­pet­ing in fun com­pe­ti­tions called Two Bowls Trips and prac­ticed ev­ery day for 30 min­utes to an hour per­fect­ing her game.

She then pro­gressed to com­pet­ing in her first Zu­l­u­land com­pe­ti­tion a month later.

‘It was very in­ter­est­ing and chal­leng­ing, but the ex­pe­ri­ence I gained was ex­tremely valu­able.’

Shortly af­ter that com­pe­ti­tion she joined the Em­pan­geni Bowl­ing Club and started com­pet­ing ev­ery Satur­day and Wed­nes­day dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

Smith then played in the Zu­l­u­land Sin­gles Tour­na­ment in Au­gust and the Zu­l­u­land Mixed Fours com­pe­ti­tion in eShowe later in the year.

‘Even though I did not do all that well, it was still fun to meet new peo­ple and learn from the more ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paign­ers.’

The bub­bly young­ster at­tended the KZN tri­als in Fe­bru­ary in Dundee, where she im­pressed and gained selec­tion for the Bloem­fontein tour­na­ment.

‘I en­joy hav­ing to read the green speeds and love the chal­lenge of get­ting your bowl next to the jack.’

Smith also plays cricket, hockey, vol­ley­ball, soc­cer and do­ing ath­let­ics.

She made the King Cetshwayo cricket team last year as a bats­man/bowler, is cur­rently in the high school’s first cricket team, rep­re­sented the Heuwelland first hockey and soc­cer teams last year at Heuwelland, and is cur­rently a mem­ber of the U14 A hockey team.

The fun-lov­ing teen can be found read­ing, lis­ten­ing to mu­sic or keep­ing up with the lat­est trends on all so­cial me­dia plat­forms in her spare time.

Em­pan­geni High School’s Michaela Smith can add the Zu­l­u­land Let’s Play win­ner award to her im­pres­sive CV

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