Rising Star Awards 2017

More amazing news for one of our cricket team; Zainab Goreja was nominated for the Rising Star Award 2017 – Sport Category and she travelled to London in June for a meeting with the panel of judges.  Shortly after Zainab’s return to Bradford, we received notification that she had won the award!

The Rising Stars Awards are held annually and showcase female talent from across the UK in a range of professions and is sponsored by The Times and The Sunday Times along with many prestigious industry partners.  A total of 1,250 individuals were entered, which makes Zainab’s win exceptionally special and significant.

Congratulations Zainab and very well deserved!



The piece below is from the Rising Star Awards website.

Zainab Goreja | Student

This girl has surpassed the visions once seen by a small, feisty girl 3 years ago. Her determination to play the sport of cricket and set an example for others has dumbfounded many around her. Facing cultural AND gender barriers, she has worked her way into recognition with her keen passion and natural talent. She has taken and accepted responsibility many times as a member of the school’s cricket team, Carlton Bolling girls, launching us into our first ever Yorkshire final with her bowling skills and has gone on to have an extremely successful season with the West Yorkshire women’s district squad – taking over 20 wickets and being invited to play for a club. Zainab has been invited to play for the Yorkshire Women’s super-twos event, also taking a few wickets in the process, despite playing in the U15 category being only 13 years of age.  She continues to defy any opposition, fighting through the daily struggles of cultural issues with the family and gender issues also coming into play in the argument. Yet, she still continues the struggle, helping the school team win yet another Yorkshire title as vice-captain and committing herself to the game to help others do the same.  She has now become a coach, guiding the younger years with her experience and helping them to reach the same level of sportsmanship and cricket as the current team have after 3 years. If inspiration was a physical substance, you would see a rainbow hue of mist surround her, swirling around the other girls as she disperses her experience and knowledge gained over the course of a long, rough 3 years of excruciating pain and tormenting hardship, which is finally being paid back now through the recognition she is finally receiving.