Three young sportspersons and a nature enthusiast received awards from the Rotary Club of Chennai (Kilpauk) at a simple function here on Monday.

While the teenagers N. Mohamed Shahid (football), Abbas Ali (hockey) and T. Reeth Rishya (table tennis) received the ‘Promising Junior Sportsperson Award’, Peter Van Geit, a Belgian national, who is the Founder of the Chennai Trekking Club, got the ‘For the Sake of Honour Award’.

Shahid, 17 years old, the skipper of St. Patrick’s AIHSS, has played a crucial part in many victories for his school as a forward.

Abbas (14) who plays as centre half for Velammal HSS (Panchetti), has represented the State in age group hockey championships.

A junior National table tennis champion, Reeth has played in several international junior tournaments and won medals of all hues. The 18-year-old, a student of MOP Vaishnav College, is now training in Patiala as part of the probables for the Commonwealth Games.

N. Ravi, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu, who was the chief guest, described the moment as “elevating”.

“That the three sportspersons have combined excellence in sports and academies is all the more commendable. I congratulate all the four for their splendid achievement and Rotary Club of Chennai for their memorable recognition.”

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