It is not only the achievements of a young athlete that determines their future success, but more so their character. Qualities like deep internal desire and determination, humility, sincerity and patience. Mikayla Oliver has it all and more. If you have any doubt, read this resume for a start:
- In 2004 Mikayla earned Western Cape Colours in Swimming, and again in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011. For all 5 years she took part in SA Nationals and lastly in 2011 at Senior Nationals.
- In 2007 Mikayla was in the SWD Hockey team, a feat she repeated in 2008, 2009, 2010 and in 2011. She was vice captain of the provincial team in 2007 and 2011 and Captain in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
- Mikayla earned Western Cape Colours for Athletics in 2007 and 2008.
- In 2007, 2008. 2009 and 2010 Mikayla earned provincial colours for Biathlon.
- In 2008 she started Biathle’ and earned provincial colours, and again in 2009. Mikayla was selected in 2009 to represent South Africa at the World Biathle’ Championships held in Monaco where she came 10th in the World.
- In 2009 Mikayla started Adventure Racing for her School and in 2010 at the age of 15, was in the u19 team of 3 boys and 1 girl to win gold at SA National Adventure Racing Championships.
In 2011 she won the Ladies Division of the Merrell Eden Duo, a gruelling 150km extreme adventure race at the age of 16.
- In October 2011 Mikayla started Cycling and decided this was what she wanted to focus on and make a future career out of. Early in 2012 Mikayla was chosen to represent South Africa at the World Cross Country Mountain Bike event held in Pietermaritzburg where she came 4th. She went on to race several races throughout the year, for the various disciplines – marathon, cross country and road. She has been in the top 3 junior girls in the country for the past year for all 3 disciplines. In December she was introduced to Track Cycling by Corne Bence (SWD Cycling and also selector for CSA) who spotted her talent. After being very new to the discipline she attended SA Nationals in March and came away with 2 gold medals, 4 silver and 1 bronze, earning herself the National Jersey for Track Cycling. After attending National training and selection camps she was selected to represent South Africa at the Junior World Track Cycling Championship in Glasgow, Scotland in August of this year.
- After returning from Scotland, she dedicated herself to her studies, although found time to train and race in a several local races where she obtained many 1st places. As a result, Mikayla has been selected to represent South African (yet again) in the Junior Ladies Road Racing Team taking part in the African Champs in Egypt from 30 November to 6 December 2013.
This latest achievement rounds off her education and achievements at Oakhill as she “leaves the nest” and flies to even greater heights. We, as a community, would like to wish her all the best for her trip to Egypt and will be watching this space with keen interest. This young lady is going to make it…..she just needs to decide on which discipline. Oakhill, keep some space open on your busses….there is a star in the making!
As a result of all her achievements this year, in her Matric year, Mikayla Oliver, has been awarded the Schools Sportswoman of the Year!