Fr. Agnel school student Shinjini Sahay topped the overall female category in the recently held All India open sea Swimming competition. Shinjini Sahay – a resident of Nerul and a student of Fr Agnel School Vashi swam six kilometers from Prongs Reef to Indian Navy Watermanship Training Centre, Colaba within 47:41 minutes to clinch under 16 girls as well as overall women’s title. It takes a lot of practice in the swimming pool regularly to win a race in the sea. Shinjini says that she focused more on long distance training. She appreciated the support of her coach. She said that there is a difference in swimming at sea as there are waves, water currents and difficulty in finding direction. Shinjini thanked her school and parents and said she aims to swim the English Channel someday and also participate in international events. We spoke with the coach Gokul Kamath who said that Shinjini is a dedicated student. He said that salty water and waves are the challenge at sea but the training happens in a pool. He also said that there is also a problem of direction finding at sea but this gets solved through experience. Shinjini’s Mother Binita Sahay appreciated the support of school and coach in training her daughter to be a successful swimmer. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Jan Cabral for NMTV News.
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