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Water Sports Centre lures the young

IN ORDER to popularise sailing and prepare professional sailing players, Sports and Youth Welfare Department recently opened the National Sailing School (NSS) at Water Sports Centre, Upper Lake. School students have shown keen interest by enrolling themselves for the certificate courses being provided by NSS.

india Updated: May 26, 2006 14:03 IST

IN ORDER to popularise sailing and prepare professional sailing players, Sports and Youth Welfare Department recently opened the National Sailing School (NSS) at Water Sports Centre, Upper Lake. School students have shown keen interest by enrolling themselves for the certificate courses being provided by NSS. 

After popularising kayaking and canoeing, Sports Department is working hard to popularise sailing in the City. To attain this objective, the department opened a sailing school of a national level, which is the first of its kind in the country.

According to coach Mohan Shakya, more than 20 school students have registered their names for the certificate course. The sailing school was opened on May 5 this year to provide annual courses.

Sailing is the skillful art of controlling the motion of a sailing ship or smaller boat, across a body of water. Sailing vessels are propelled by the force of the wind on sails. Today, sailing has become one of the most popular water sports actvities at the international level.

Apart from that it is pursued for the joy of being on water and pursuing the mastery of skills needed to maneuver a sailboat in varying waterbodies conditions.

The Upper Lake said to have ideal conditions for sailing attained national standards last year when the DGEME Sailing Championship was successfully organised. Later on, the sports department took the opportunity of capitalising the opportunity available for sailing.

Even students enrolled for the courses are enthusiastic. Manya Raj who is one of the youngest students of the sailing school said she wanted to learn the basics as quickly as possible. “If I learn the basics quickly then it will help me in appearing in the competitions in near future,” said Manya.

Such was Class VI student Manya’s enthusiasm to sail that she never missed a class after joining. Even parents have also shown interest in this sport, which is yet to become popular. Manya Raj’s mother Bhavna Singh Parihar who comes regularly to the Water Sports Centre is confident that her child will make a name for herself.

Likewise, Kriti, Bharti, Vinita said they were attracted to the sport. “I will continue my practice even during school time. I will come on Saturday and Sunday for practice,” said Vinita. Vikas, a participant of the sailing school, felt that sailing was a new sport and since competition was less it would give an opportunity to excel at the national and other levels.

Coach Mohan Shakya expects the sailing school will be able to attract more students in the future. According to water sports centre incharge Jalaj Chaturvedi, the objective of sailing is to prepare sailing players of national and international level.