"On the 17th of November 2010, Inventure Academy took journey to Pune, Maharashtra with a team of 36, all with potential to mount the Victory stand at The Association of International Schools of India (TAISI) hosted by Vishwashanti Gurukul World School. Athletics coach, Mr. Srinivas Naidu, Mr. Suresh Balaraj, sports director, Mr. Kishen Whabi and teacher Mrs. Mary Whabi accompanied the Inventure contingent with the help of enthusiastic hearted parent volunteers to Pune.
After an early morning flight and a one hour journey in and out of the city of Pune, we reached Vishwashanti Gurukul. Our team members ran about, claiming their beds in the dormitories, after which a vegetarian lunch was served to us, courtesy Gurukul’s management. After a filling meal, an afternoon nap was called for by many in the group. Soon enough, in the evening, Mr Srini took the athletics team to the field to take a look at the tracks and the other facilities we were to use during the course of the competition. Not being allowed to warm up on the tracks due to maintenance, Mr Srini took the team to the playground of the school, in which he made us warm and stretch our muscles for the events on the oncoming days.
After a good night’s rest, the morning call from the coaches got us all up and ready for the opening ceremony and the march past. After a series of inspiring speeches and a dose of the sun’s heat, the march past began. We were the only school that marched to precision while the coaches and parent volunteers stood with their heads held high as the contingent marched its way passed them at the “eyes right” command. After the sports meet was declared open, all the running heats and the qualification rounds for the sports teams began. Children of different age groups gathered from across 17 international schools across India. Some of the other schools who participated were Indus International, Bangalore International, Podar International, Aditya Birla World Academy and International School of Hyderabad.
However, I personally believe, there was no beating Inventure’s determined contingent in terms of optimism, team loyalty and team spirit. Seniors helped juniors as the juniors supported their friends in bringing a sense of courage for the participants who were to display their talents to their full potential.
In the three days of the competition all events for all the categories went by, but Inventure’s spirit never seemed to subside. From the announcement table, the name of Inventure was called several times in acknowledgement of our students wins. Other schools, who had never heard of Inventure Academy before, were convinced that Inventure Academy harboured a team of true spirit with a competitive attitude almost impossible to beat. Gold, silver and bronze medals shone brilliantly around the necks of Inventure Academy’s participants, as the hard work put in by coaches and students deserved.
The day’s wins included Individual Championships for:
Best player Girls Category C by Payal Kela- Grade 9
Best player Girls Category E by Anika Desai- Grade 5
Although Inventure Academy did not take the overall championship due to the limitations of events the teams were allowed to participate in, Inventure flew back from Pune proud high spirited, with an unbeatable aura of winning that the team had carried throughout the competition. Inventure Academy went as a team, not only to win, but to display its brilliance to schools from all over the country and came back a proud and hard working team!