While some children are hiding behind a gaming console, escaping reality through an array of video games, there are those who are pushing their bodies to the maximum.
At just 10-years-old, Lethokuhle Mahaye is making a name for himself on the sports scene. Dominating squash courts around the country.
“I began playing two years’ ago when I was nine-years-old. I really enjoy running around meeting new people,” he says.
While enjoying the social and fitness aspect of the sport, Lethokuhle has proven to be a natural on the squash courts.
In August 2018, he participated in the KwaZulu-Natal trials held in Durban. Playing a total of four games, he won three games and lost only by one match.
A streak which he continued during the month of January in Pretoria at the National Junior South Africa Association (NJSA) squash tournament. Yet again, he won three games and lost one.
During the month of March, Lethokuhle participated in the KZN Open Tournament at Michaelhouse in Pietermaritzburg. Again, he won three games, losing only one match out of the four games.
During the month of May, he took part in the KZN Final Trials held in Nottingham Road. During this tournament, he was selected to play in the Inter-Provincial Tournament to be held in George, Cape Town. The event will take place from June 14 to June 18.
Representing KZN at the tournament, Lethokuhle will be playing against some of the top players in the country.
Vying for the win, Lethokuhle is looking forward to the trip. “I am really looking forward to going on the aeroplane.”
Despite being enthusiastic about the upcoming tournament, Lethokuhle is facing one obstacle. He requires sponsorship in making the trip a reality. He requires R10 000. This will cover the flight to George, food, spending money and the opportunity to participate in sightseeing.
If anyone can assist in realising Lethokuhle’s dream, they can contact his coach, Faisal Shaikh on 072 807 0668 or Lethokuhle’s father, Dali Mahaye on 082 263 4995.