PETRA High School student Estelle Stambolie was named the Most Pomising Junior Player of the Year at the Hockey Association of Zimbabwe (Haz) Annual Awards held at Old Miltonians Club at the weekend.
Stambolie immediately won plaudits from former Education, Sport, Arts, and Culture minister David Coltart.
Stambolie together with two other former Petra students, Melissa Sibanda and Chelsea Louw, were subsequently enlisted into the national women’s hockey squad after the Haz Cup tournament.
The team will represent the country in the World Series to be hosted by Zimbabwe next September on condition Magamba Hockey Stadium in Harare is refurbished on time.
“Hearty congratulations to BAC women’s team for winning the HAZ Cup (the top club competition in Zimbabwe) at the Khumalo Stadium on Saturday.
I am particularly delighted by the performance of Petra High School student Estelle Stambolie and the fact that she won the ‘most promising junior player in Zimbabwe’ award,” Coltart said.
Hippo Valley, who won the men’s final after thrashing neighbours Rams 7-1, dominated the accolades after scooping the Sports Team of the Year award while Donald Mutupo, who grabbed a hat-trick in the final was named the Sportsman of the Year.
Arnold Mpofu, also of Hippo, walked away with the Juniors Sportsman of the Year while teammate Luckson Sikisa won the Most Promising Junior Player of the Year.
Kristina Manolios of Scorpions grabbed the Sportswoman of the Year award while Stephanie Campbell of Harare was honoured with the Junior Sportswoman of the Year award.
Haz also honoured technical officials with Matabeleland Hockey board’s Kalpesh Parshotam being named the Administrator of the Year, Ginny Ross, the Official of the Year and Cynthia Louw, the Volunteer of the Year.
Nicky Watson of Bulawayo won the President’s Award for 2012 with Harare’s Kevin Whatmann taking this year’s award.