By Nick Creely
Noble Park teenage baseball sensation Mohi Kahui continues to make waves as one of the most talented players in Victoria.
After claiming gold earlier this year at the Under 16 National Championships as part of the Victorian side, the 16-year-old faces a new challenge after recently being selected for Victoria’s Under 18 team in January 2018.
Playing his summer baseball with Waverley and winter baseball with Balwyn, Kahui can’t wait to get stuck into the Under 18 National Championships in Sydney from 5 to 14 January.
“I’m feeling really positive, and just training hard on and off the field, and I’ve been working really hard for the last 10 months,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to it (the championships) – it should be another good experience, and it’s a big opportunity for me playing with the older boys, because I’m under age.
“The (Victorian) side is pretty good, all we need to do is play as a team, not as individuals – we will go far if we do that.”
While Kahui can swing a bat better than anyone in the side, a certain skill makes him stand out among the rest.
“My biggest strength is outfield catching of the ball – you have to work really hard because you don’t know where the ball is going, and you have to check where the wind is going,” he said.
Kahui trains twice a week, and is relishing the chance to learn his craft off some of Australia’s elite.
“We train two times a week, on Monday and Wednesday, and on Wednesday we train with the Melbourne Aces, one of the best teams in Australia, so that’s really good,” he said.
“Training with them is great because you see what level you need to be at to make the MLB.”
And he’s also a product of the Hallam Senior College, a famous sporting school that has produced many elite athletes in different sports.
“They have a really good sports program there, they have around five sports programs – the top one is rugby, because they select all the Melbourne Storm players from my school,” he said.