Malaysian Waterski & Wakeboard Federation
(MWWF) announced this morning that their top women water-skier,
Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah, had received an invitation to one of the most
famous professional waterski tournament, the 2014 Moomba Masters to be
held in the city centre of Melbourne in Australia on the 5th
to 10th of March.
who can hardly be called a woman, will only turn 11 on the 16th
of July this year, thus became the youngest competitor ever to be
invited to a top notch pro waterski tournament.
Last year she became the
youngest water-skier to be invited for the Junior Moomba for the
world’s top under-17 water-skiers. The Junior Moomba is run in the 2
days before the start of each year’s main Moomba Masters. She
qualified for the finals and finished 7th in her debut in
the U17 Junior Moomba last year.
The invitation came as a surprise to Aaliyah who exclaimed, “I never
expected to be invited for the Moomba Masters this soon although I was
looking forward to participating with the cream of the world in a few
“Wow, this is totally way out for me and I hope I can maintain my
composure competing with multiple world champions like Clementine
Lucine and Erika Lang and the lot!” she added.
The current Malaysian, S.E.Asian and Asian champion is not new to big
events as she had been on the international circuit since 2010 when
she as a tiny tot at 7 competed in her first international, the 2010
Asian Championship in Jakarta.
She is also currently ranked 54th in the world amongst open
women and 15th in the world for under 17 girls.
MWWF’s technical advisor and executive secretary Hanifah Yoong who is
also one of Aaliyah’s coaches together with her half-sister Phillipa
Yoong does not expected her to finish on the podium in her debut in
the Moomba Masters but hopes that she will put up a credible
performance, saying, “Her time to win will come later but for now the
good news is that she can gain much experience from this very high
profile world event which is watched by more than a 100,000 spectators
lined up on the banks of the Yarra river in the centre of Melbourne in
the Moomba Festival.”