A compilation of articles written by our students on their companions
(This article was published in Times NIE, 26th March 2018)
With growing competition and the mushrooming of sports academies, our boys keep knocking on the doors of the selection panels of clubs and academies, city and state teams with their winning performances and exquisite talent at the game. In an era of multiple sport and supreme fitness, a sizeable number of our students have gone beyond the stereotypes of traditional school sports like hockey, football and cricket, and have embraced disciplines of their passion and choice. Their astounding success on the big stage is a tribute to their self-belief and competitive spirit.
Master Aameen Khan from Std X, is a sensational competitive skater, holds a World Record and has inked his name in the Guiness Book of World Records. His meteoric rise in a span of one and a half years, the booty of medals amassed , can only make one gasp. His journey on poison wheels this far, has created quite a stir .His practises in the school gymnasium, at The Ballard Pier Road and The Mahim Skating Rink . His coach,Mehmood Siddique, has been a friendly trainer. Aameen specializes in long distance races. His endurance and stamina play key factors. Just before races, he mentally warms himself up by sitting in isolation and thinks about his strategy and opponents. As for his strategies, he says,” The start is very important in a Rink Race.” In a Road Race, I am right behind the first two skaters and I accelerate when the whistle for the final phase is heard.”An aspiring Indian Naval Officer, he plans to represent the Indian Navy in skating and basketball. “I might want to become a professional skater and teach the sport to others.” he admits. A nap is the ideal relaxation mantra for Aameen when he is drained from the day’s work. When not skating , he is setting the tracks ablaze or playing basketball, his second love.
- Aakarsh Nair –Std. X
Master Faizuddin Siddique of Std IX, a stellar Hockey player, started playing at the age of seven, by watching his father in action, a hockey player himself. He represented Maharashtra at the Nationals in Assam. His feats-to date include two of his best field records at the seventh Sub Juniors Hockey Nationals held at Bangalore in January 2018 when the team secured second place and at the Mahindra Hockey Tournament held for the first time at Churchgate, securing the first place by scoring two goals himself. He also participated in the Bombay League. His soft spoken demeanour can be deceptive. He is agile, has excellent ball control, his confidence level is high and known to be a noteworthy finisher of the game. He is not easily discouraged after losing a game, instead thinks how to overome the situation. He admires , Mandeep Singh, the centre forward of the Indian Hockey team.
- Aaryan Gajula Std VIII
Fourteen year old Master Karsten D’souza (Std )has played football at the state and national levels and has also represented the school in various tournaments. He has led the U/14 School team to the national level and has received the outstanding player award. He was awarded a scholarship (Rs 15,000/-) for his outstanding performance at the 58th edition of Subroto Cup International Football Tournament 2017 held at New Delhi from 22nd Aug to 26 Aug 2017. He is comfortable playing with both his feet and has been acknowledged as the top goal scorer and the best player in various tournaments. He dreams of playing for big clubs abroad.
- Heet Mehta Std IX
Master Kris Benson of Std IX is a promising talent in hockey and athletics. He has represented the Maharashtra team in hockey. He has even represented the school in football in the Reliance Youth Football tournament and has helped the team reach the national level. He recently captained the Maharashtra hockey team in Uttar Pradesh. He believes in balancing sports and studies. He has been awarded the best player and top scorer in various tournaments. He is a lethal right winger, who can easily destroy opponents. He wants to fulfill his dream of representing the Indian Hockey team. He represented Maharashtra at Sub Jr. Hockey Nationals in Jan 2018, after being selected for his performance at the MSSA and BHA tournaments.
- Heet Mehta Std IX
Master Sahil Jadhav (Std VII) is a diminutive lad who unflinchingly took on the Goliaths of cricket, Rizvi Springfield, with their formidable reputation, at the finals of the Giles shield. He is a leader and an achiever with a passion to do his best in every match. He has played for the Mumbai Cricket Association and Dilip Vengsarkar Cricket Academy. Sahil has played eight matches and scored 509 runs with an average of 77.80 at the Giles Shield tournament. He scored 150 runs, not out, in the finals in Jan 2018. Having created a sensation in the Giles Shield cricket tournament, Sahil was selected to represent Mumbai for the West Zone u-14 tournament in Gujarat from 18th Jan to 9th Feb 2018. At the crack of dawn Sahil is seen trudging in for practice with his heavy kit, and a quiet intent on his face. Away from the spotlight Sahil and his team are honing their skills. He is known for his excellent fielding, He is able to bowl with both his hands and lauded for being a reliable all rounder. He is a left handed batsman and a medium pace bowler.He hero worships Brian Lara and wants to don the national colours of the Indian team.
- Utkarsh Kokkattu Std IX
How is Master Shivam Kadam (Std VIII) different from other players? Watch him on the tennis court and your doubts will fade away. Shivam, ranked second in Maharashtra , began playing at the age of seven. He practised at the Dadar club and in school. He has been granted concession to attend school only till the lunch break so that he could continue his long hours of practice. As his game started improving, he was promoted to the Super Advanced Professional Batch. He wants to have more consistency in his game. Shivam’s greatest feat to date is his triumph at the National School Games, where he secured the second place. He believes that success in tennis requires perfect coordination of the feet , along with the ability for quick reflex actions. The cherished compliment is the one he received from his opponents and their coaches, when they told him,” You could be an extraordinary player.”
- Aaryan Gajula Std VIII