41st K C Mahindra All India Invitation School’s Regatta 2013 organised by The Lake Club concluded on 16th June. The weeklong national championship celebrated its grand finale with a fabulous closing ceremony. 350 young rowers from 67 schools with entries from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, and Andaman and Nicobar, apart from host state, West Bengal took part in this challenge. Total 8 schools emerged victorious in the eight categories across Junior and Senior Girls, and Junior and Senior Boys in the sections of Single Scull and Coxed Fours. The winners were felicitated by the Chief Guest, His Excellency Shri. M.K. Narayanan, Governor of West Bengal.
Maharashtra offered an impressive performance throughout the championship. KVN Naik College, Nashik beat Govt. Boys School Andaman and Army Public School Kolkata to win the Gold medal and the coveted Janki Das Memorial Trophy in Senior Boys Coxed Fours category. The strong team of Sagar Raut, Santosh Kadale, Aniket Halde, Vasim Sayyed, and Kartik Raut had played it hard right through the qualifiers to achieve this glorious success in the grand finale. The Maratha bastion earned further accolades during the national challenge when KTHM College Nashik achieved Silver in the Senior Boys Single Scull category with Sonak Vijay giving a tough fight to his competitors.
AThe winner in the Junior Girls Single Scull is South Point High School; Junior Boys Single Scull is KV Assam; Senior Girls Single Scull is National High School for Girls; Senior Boys Single Scull is Govt. Boys School, Andaman. In the category of Coxed Fours, the winner in Junior Girls is GD Birla; in Junior Boys is La Martinere ‘A’; in Senior Girls – the winner is Govt. Girls School Andaman. Govt. Boys School Andaman and Govt. Girls School Andaman were declared as the overall winners of the championship. The two trophies for best disciplined school teams, in both the Girls’ and Boys’ categories, were won by DPS Nazira, Assam and National High School respectively.
Introduced in 1973, the event has gained national recognition by the Rowing Federation of India and is one of the oldest and the largest rowing events in Asia, with the widest participant base of rowers. The Lake Club, one of the premiere rowing clubs in India, aims to promote rowing as a sport among school going children, making it accessible and interesting for all across different sections of society. And to that effect, the club has played a consistent role by providing training and infrastructure, equipment and facilities with just a token fee of Re.1/- only per student per month.
Commenting on the initiative, Dr. S L Sarkar, President, The Lake Club said, “As we conclude yet another successful year of All India Invitation Schools’ Regatta, I wish to thank all our young participants and the organising team who have worked relentlessly 24x7 to make it a success. A special thanks to the Mahindra Group for partnering with us and encouraging us to make this event a memorable one. The zeal of the young students motivates us in hosting the event with added grandeur every year. I am sure that all of us at the Club and also the participants across the country are eagerly awaiting the 42nd Regatta when we will again hit the lake with our oars.”
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