Tomorrow’s People: Rising Stars

Full name: Sebastian N’Diaye Bledee
Age: 11 years
Current club: Modbury Jets
(under 12 Junior Premier League)
Preferred position: striker & midfielder

His passion for soccer was ignited in 2011 when as a spectator he was asked to fill in for another player for West Adelaide under 9 Junior Soccer Team. His zest and brilliant performance automatically earned himself a spot on the team.

In 2014 while playing for Para Hills despite losing a key defender Sebastian’s ability to switch from striker to a defender position led his team to win the Under 11 Division Championship.

In 2012 Sebastian won the Most Improved Player in his team scoring over 20 goals in that season.

“I want to be a professional soccer player and play for FC Barcelona” said Sebastian.

Proud parents Theresa Fayiah and Reagan Bledee said they committed to helping Sebastian achieve his dream.

At SALT Magazine we can’t wait for our next legion of African Australian soccer stars to don their yellow Guernseys and bring the world cup to Australia. We wish Sebastian and other promising Socceroo stars all the best.

Full name: Houssaye Bah
Age: 12 years
Favourite race: 100m sprint
School: Seaton Primary

Houssaye Bah earned the 3rd spot in a 100m sprint race representing South Australia in the annual School Sport Australia 12 years and under track and field championships held in Tasmania on 28th Nov 2014.

Accompanied by her dad, Chernor Sulaiman Bah, on her first trip interstates Houssaye said she was overwhelmed but overall felt good and enjoyed the Tasmanian weather.

If anything the experience in Tasmania has helped to fuel her ambition to increase her speed for future challenges.

“I will keep running until I become a professional and win a cup for Australia” said Houssaye.

We wish her good luck in her quest to reclaim Australia’s 100m title once held by Cathy Freeman.


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SALT Magazine is an African-Australian Community News Magazine, created to provide print and online news and information on a broad range of issues of interest to the African community in Australia as well as to the wider general public. Our main aim is to act as a platform for the voice of the new and emerging African Australian communities, providing an African perspective to Australian topics. We wish to highlight African refugee success stories and encourage community development by exploring the challenges faced by new arrivals.

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