Amahle Zenzile (11) from Crossroads, Cape Town has been invited to represent South Africa at the African Youth Chess Tournament. The tournament will be held in Namibia. This happened shortly after she received her South African colours for chess.
This is Amahle Zenzile’s Story
Two years ago, Amahle who lives with her grandmother, started playing chess for the Crossroads Chess Club. It didn’t take her long to become one of the best players in her age group, maintaining an impressive rating of 1284 and winning almost every tournament she took in, in the Western Province Metro area.
Thando Hlakula (37), who coaches Amahle at no charge and has guided her every step of the way, says her determination and her aptitude for chess is unmatched.
“Amahle has gone on to win a number of gold and silver medals. She has been named ‘best player’ numerous times. She is currently ranked 2nd best player in the Western Cape and for her age category, she is currently ranked 5th in South Africa!” says Thando
Amahle’s consistent hard work paid off
In March this year at the SAJCC Closed, she played against the top 30 under 12 yrs girls from across South Africa.
With a crowdfunding campaign launched on BackaBuddy by her best friend and fellow competitor, Trinity Van Beeck (12), Amahle was able to afford the trip to Johannesburg to compete in the event. With quiet confidence, she went on to receive her South African colours and finish 5th in her age group.
Since then Amahle has gone on to win the Western Cape Schools Chess under 11 Girls division. She has also won the South African Schools Chess under 13 girls tournaments. Amahle was invited to represent South Africa at The African Youth Chess Tournament. The tournament is happening from 14 to 22 December 2019 in Namibia.
“The progress she has made in a very short space of time is quite remarkable. There is no diction to convey how proud and happy I am for her and looking forward to the African Youth in Namibia.” says Thando
Amahle’s friend Trinity has once again set up a crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy. She’s appealing to South Africans to support Amahle’s chess dreams. Funds will be used to cover the costs of her trip to Namibia, registration and accommodation.
“My beautiful friend has a warrior spirit and I am so proud to be her friend. She is a shining beacon of hope to other children in her community. I am inspired by her every single day and I would love to help her on the next part of her journey. She is so deserving of this opportunity.” says Trinity
The crowdfunding campaign went live on the 8th of October
The campaign has already raised R 9 412 towards the fundraising target of R40 000. Trinity’s mom, Marisa Laas (41), couldn’t be prouder of the dynamic young ladies.
“Just as we had no doubt with our last BackaBuddy campaign that Amahle would go on to achieve her South African Colours, we are all absolutely certain that she will go on to become a Women’s Candidate Master at the African Youth Chess Championship.” says Marisa
Trinity has also qualified for the South African Junior Closed Chess Championship to be held in 2020. This is her chance to earn her her SA colours and go on to compete internationally alongside Amahle next year.
“These two beautiful girls inspire and push each other to be the best and as a mom I couldn’t be prouder of them both. Even at their young age they understand the importance of women supporting other women. We as adults can learn so much from them” says Marisa.
“I would like to thank everyone who has supported Amahle in any way, without your help none of these achievements would have come to fruition and there is more talent to be unearthed with your generous support.” says Thando.
Want to help her out? Make a donation to Amahle’s campaign on BackaBuddy HERE.
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