Sailing Young Ananya Chouhan has made rapid strides as a budding sailor
Thirteen- year-old Ananya Chouhan of the EME Sailing club of Secunderabad gave a good display of her talent during the Deloitte Monsoon regatta sailing championship which was held recently on the waters of the Hussainsagar. She came third among the girls in the Optimist Class.
Ananya who is studying in eighth standard of Gitanjali Devshala school in Secunderabad, took up sailing in August last year and has since made rapid strides. She became attracted to the sport when she went for a joy ride with her friend on a sail boat in the Hussainsagar and almost immediately asked her father to enrol her for a basic course in sailing.
She worked hard at her sport and took part in her first national inland sailing championship in December 2012 in Kochi. She did remarkably well for a beginner who had taken up the sport just a few months earlier.
She then took part in the national coastal championship in Mumbai in May 2013. It needed guts to sail on the stormy waters of the Arabian Sea but her determination saw her through. Her intense practice and coaching by several experts enabled her to master the art of sailing on the wave and making use of strong tides in the sea.
Her next national level competition was the Monsoon Regatta in Hyderabad where she did well. Her next aim is to take part in the India International regatta at Chennai in October. She hopes that thereafter she will be eligible to try for a spot in the Indian team to be selected by the YAI at a later date.
The enthusiastic sailor however, does not neglect her studies and is very good at academics too. Hailing from a family of doctors, she hopes to become a doctor too.
ABHIJIT SEN GUPTA