11/28/2008 11:24 PM | By K.R. Nayar, Senior Reporter
Dubai: Wellington International School swimmers hogged the limelight in the Millennium School, Dubai organised Inter-Schools Swimming Gala competition at the Millennium school swimming pool on Thursday.
The Wellington School won the boys' and girls' competitions, to win the team championship while Dubai American Academy were runners up.
Over 200 swimmers representing 12 schools participated in the fifth edition of this popular swimming gala competition.
Arushee Wahi, a sixth grade student at the Delhi Private School, Sharjah, who had won three gold medals, one silver and set national records at the CBSE National Swimming Championship in Vadodara, India recently, emerged as the individual champion in the Under-12 event for the second successive year in this swimming gala event.
She was the Under-10 individual champion in the 2006 swimming gala.
"I am really thankful for the support and encouragement of my parents, school principal and my coach. Without their support, I would not have been able to do well repeatedly," she told Gulf News.
Vishal Padmanuman of the Millennium School won the hearts by bagging four gold medals in the Under-8 event to emerge as the category's individual champion. Dubai Modern High School's Kayan Barucha also won four gold medals to win the Under-14 individual championship title.
Eehita Chabra of Delhi Private School, Sharjah and Diya Mammen of the Millennium School bagged the two special awards for the most promising swimmers.
Individual champions are: Boys: Under-8: Vishal Padmanuman (The Millennium School), Under-10: Abbas Sabir (Delhi Private School, Sharjah) and Ryan Pinto (Dubai Modern High School) Under-12: Nouman Abdul (Delhi Private School, Sharjah)
Under-14: Kayan Barucha (Dubai Modern High School) Under-16: Maurico Gutierez (Dubai American Academy) Under-19: Dale Patterson (Wellington International School)
Girls: Under-8: Natasha Teto (Delhi Private School, Sharjah) Under-10: Lipika Vinjamuri (Delhi Private School, Sharjah), Under-12: Arushee Wahi (Delhi Private School, Sharjah),Under-14: Loshini Parghavi (The Millennium School, Under-16: Sarah Doyle (Dubai American Academy), Under-19: Natasha Pogulis (Dubai American Academy)