Malaysian water skier golden youngster Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah will be making her seventh physical appearance in the Moomba Masters when it is held Melbourne , Australia from March 6-11 .
The 15-year-old water skier is stated to take part in the girls’ event as well as in the pro-women’s variety , where she will compete against the likes of former world champions Erika Lang and Anna Gay of the United States ; Neilly Ross and Whitney McClintock of Canada ; and Natallia Berkikava of Belarus .
He, however, added that it would be difficult for her this year as she would have to divide her time between her studies and the sport as she prepares for her International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations this year.
“Aaliyah has improved in all three disciplines — trick, slalom and jump — in training, more so in jump, which will put her in a strong position to have two chances for podium finishes at the world meet, besides trick, in years to come.
“The near term target for her is to be a junior world champion in 2020, but Aaliyah will have to juggle her waterski career and her studies,” he said.
Aaliyah also admitted that this would be a tough year for her.
“I am going to try not to compromise on my studies just for the sport and will work very hard in both. I am not alone in this, as all young athletes on the way up go through this phase of important exams in schools,” said Aalilyah, who will compete in the 2019 Oceania Championships in Melbourne from March 2-3 with her siblings Aiden Yoong and Adam Yoong as a warm-up to the Moomba Masters.