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Kiana-Che Cormack: Namibia’s teenage sensation reflects on Youth Olympic Games and Indoor World Cup 2018

 2018 was a year that Namibia’s Kiana-Che Cormack will never forget. At just 16 years of age, she was selected to represent her country at the FIH Hockey Indoor World Cup, a magnificent event that drew huge crowds to the Berlin’s Max Schmeling Arena. She was far from overwhelmed by the experience, scoring a remarkable nine goals in six matches to finish as the tournament’s joint-highest scorer, a prize she shared with Ukraine’s Yana Vorushylo.

It was a dazzling achievement for the youngster, who registered goals against Czech Republic (1), Australia (3), Ukraine (1), Russia (2) and USA (2) to help the 14th ranked Namibians to a ninth place finish, bettering the 10th place achieved at the Poznan 2011 event, which was their only other appearance in the competition.

Later in the year, Cormack enjoyed another wonderful hockey experience, captaining Namibia’s under 18s team in the Hockey 5s competition at the 3rd Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Their stand-out result was a 4-3 victory over Australia, with Cormack scoring twice in the contest. Namibia eventually finished the competition in eighth position, above Uruguay, Zimbabwe, Mexico and Vanuatu.

In an interview with FIH, the now 18-year-old reflects on that incredible breakthrough year whilst also talking about her ambitions for the future.


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