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Zoë is currently a Grade 10 learner at Northern Cape High School and was the 2018 Sportswoman of the Year for the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture in the Province

Zoe Milford. Picture: Supplied

Zoë Milford (15) recently represented South Africa at the African Individual Schools Chess Championship. The event was hosted in South Africa by the African Chess Federation and top chess players from as far afield as Angola, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia competed at this prestigious event.

Milford played in a combined higher age group of Under-15 to Under-17 girls and achieved a third place in Africa after nine rounds. She was also subsequently awarded a WCM (Womens Candidate Master) chess title which is recognised worldwide in the sport.

Furthermore she also qualified to represent Africa at the World Schools Individual Chess Championship to be held from April 21-30 in Sousse,Tunisia.

Zoë also recently participated in the SA Junior Chess Championship in Boksburg and played for the Northern Cape Under-16 team, where she won gold and her team took third place in the country at the event.

From March 16-23, Milford will participate in the South African Junior Closed Chess Championship, to be held * Benoni, where only a select few South Africans are invited to see if they can qualify to represent South Africa for continental and international participation.

Zoë is currently a Grade 10 learner at Northern Cape High School and was the 2018 Sportswoman of the Year for the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture in the Province.

Far from spending her time hunched over a chess board, Zoë also excels in netball; but that’s not all, she has her provincial colours in chess, netball, swimming and biathlon and has represented the Province at various South African tournaments since the age of six.