HERMAN MARIE DE SOUZA. JR

Category: Athlete
Sport: Hockey
Year Inducted: 2010

Born 1st November 1909 and educated at St. Xavier’s Institution, Penang, Mr. Herman de Souza may rightly be described as the man who put Malaya on the hockey map of the world.

He has been closely associated with hockey from his youth, representing Malaya against Macao in 1932. Ranked first in tennis in 1932, he represented Colony and Federation Malay States at hockey and tennis, and Malacca at hockey, tennis, Cricket, soccer, rugby and shooting.

He has 28 years of unbroken service and devotion to hockey, and this is in itself a unique record for any sportsman in Malaya.

His drive and initiative was in no small measure responsible for the visit to Malaya of the Indian Hockey Federation team in 1953-54, and the Pakistan Hockey Federation in the following season.

Malaya’s participation in this Olympic Games is the long cherished ambition of Mr. De Souza an idea born long ago, and bearing fruit after frustrations and setbacks.

Mr. de Souza hopes that with this participation in the Olympics, Malaya will be recognized as a hockey playing nation in the world.

Achievement :

  • Professional
    • 1960s involved in Malaysian Davis cup team as referee, coach and non playing captain
    • A lifelong personal love and involvement in tennis as a school coach and player until his 70s
  • Hockey
    • Player State Hockey for Malacca in 1930s (Captain for 6 years)
    • National player in the 1930s and invited to Captain the team for a Hong Kong / Macau tour
    • President of Selangor Hockey Association 1950-57
    • President of the Malayan Hockey Federation 1953- 57
  • Other Sports Involvement
    • Founding member of the Malayan Olympic Committee (Vice President 1954-1957)
    • 1st ever Malaysian Chef de Mission for 1956 Melbourne Olympics
    • Secretary to the Executive Committee for the 1957 Merdeka Celebrations including the ‘Mini Olympics’