State sailors make a mark in nationals

State sailors make a mark in nationals
HAPPY UNIT: Medal winners from Telangana team pose with coach Suheim Sheikh in Chennai.

Hyderabad: Telangana sailors returned with a rich medal haul winning two gold, two silver and six bronze medals in the recently concluded Youth Nationals and the Indian International Regatta held in Chennai.

The contingent of 59 sailors, most by any State in the total 150 entries, returned with the 10 medals to make a mark in the event. Jaikiran Bolli, a student of Social Welfare Schools of Telangana, defended his bronze medal after missing a gold by a small margin. He palyed save and won the medal. Mahboobie of Marredpally Government School had won a silver in the race.

In the junior category, Ravaili Parandi and Vaishnavi Veeravamsham, both from Udbhav School, Rasoolpura and the students of Yacht Club, won two gold and two silver medals respectively in national and international junior fleet.

“Ravali was not even a favourite before the Nationals and was seeded well below 7th in the Telangana fleet. With the 2 metre swell and winds and current we did not expect this diminutive 12-year-old boys to strike gold but she sailed a stupendous two regattas clinching the girls gold in both and the overall winner at the International. with 7 first positions beating many experienced sailors” said Suheim Sheikh her coach.

Vaishnavi was a close second in both regattas clinching two silvers and Sanya Jabeen of TEMREIS finished with a bronze at the International, her first medal.

Sanya Jabeen of the Telangana Minorities Residential Schools (TEMRIES) clinched a girls bronze at Sailing International making this her first medal at an International as she moves into the Olympic Laser Class boat next year.

Gautam Kankatla also earned a bronze and Rishab Nayar of YCH, who dropped by from Purdue University where he is studying Aeronautical Engineering, got a bronze in the Radial Fleet.

“What makes me super proud is that five of our students and one from TEMREIS are now ranked in the top 10 boys in the national fleet. Thanks to the hard work of The Yacht Club of Hyderabad, Telangana is making great strides in the sport of Sailing”, said Dr RS Praveen Kumar of the Telangana Residential Schools.

Medal winners:
Ravali Parandi – 2 Gold medals (in Youth Nationals and India International Regatta),
Vaishnavi Veeravamsham – gold and a silver (at Youth Nationals and India International Regatta)
Jaikiran Bolli – bronze (India International Regatta),
Mahboobie Tungara – bronze (in India International Regatta)
Gautham Kanklatla – bronze (in boys Youth Nationals)
Rishab Nayar – bronze (in Youth Nationals Laser Radial)
Ramdas Sabavath – bronze (in Youth Nationals)
Karthick Neenavath – bronze (India International).