18 Swimmers representing India Swimmers who train at the Glenmark Aquatic Foundation (GAF) and SAI Glenmark TIDM ( Talent Identification Development and Management) program won a total 5 Gold, 8 Silvers and 4 Bronze medals at the Thailand Age Group Swimming Championships held at Bangkok between April 1st– 5th 2017 .
The Thailand Age Group Swimming Championships is a FINA recognized event which is also a qualifier for major International meets including the World Swimming Championships at Budapest. A total of 1000 swimmers participated in the Event.
National Champion Swadesh Mondal won a total of 3 golds and 3 silvers to emerge as one of the best swimmers at the Event. The other medal winners included Kushargra Rawat (1 Gold, 1 Silver), Xavier Dsouza ( 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze), Bastab Tapan Bordoloi (1 Silver, 1 Bronze), Vedant Bapna ( 1 Silver), Annie Jain ( 1 Silver) and Jyotsna Pansare ( 2 Bronze).
The 18 swimmers were supported by Glenmark Aquatic Foundation as a part of its objective to produce International Champions by transforming the ecosystem of swimming in India. Glenmark Aquatic Foundation has Olympian Clive Rushton as its technical Director, Peter Carswell who has coached Olympian Leah Nealle from Australia to the Rio Olympics as Head Coach Mumbai. Partha Pratim Majumdar heads the coaching in Delhi. The other coaches include Mr. Bushan Kumar, Arjuna Awardee winner Smita Divgikar Senior coaches D.S. Chikara, Ms. Parampal Johar and National Champions Komal Athare and Sathish Kumar. GAF has also tied up with Sports Authority of India and Swimming Federation of India.
GAF finished 3rd overall in the 1st All India Club Championships held at Hyderabad. GAf swimmers won 9 Golds, 7 Silvers and 3 bronze medals to finish the Event with 19 medals. GAF Delhi topped the leaderboard with 16 gold 5 silver and 4 bronze medals.
Anaya Punamiya won the Overall Championships in the Girls Group IV category with a total of 21 points
Swimmers from SAI Glenmark TIDM programme at Delhi topped the medal tally at the 1st All India Invitational Inter Club Swimming Championships held at Hyderabad. The SGTIDM contingent won a total of 16 Golds, 6 Silvers and 3 Bronze medals.
Swadesh Mondal and Veer Khattar shared the Championships in Boys Group III with a total tally of 21 points while Astha Choudhury won the Championships in Group III Girls with a tally of 21 points.
In order to provide a 50m pool for practice for GAF swimmers. GAF has ties up with MCGM to use the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial pool in Shivaji Park Mumbai. The recently renovated MGMO pool is arguably the best 50m pool in the city and GAF wishes to thank MCGM and all its officials for their support and cooperation.
Glenmark Aquatic Foundation announced a list of probables for the 2020 and 2024 Olympics. The Swimmers have been identified using a scientific process by the coaches using current timings and age criteria with an idea of creating a roadmap for the swimmers which would enable them to pursue glory at International meets.
The selected swimmers would undergo a specialised routine designed by the coaches. In addition to the specialised training they would be constantly monitored for their fitness in a tie up with Shri. H.N. Reliance hospital to maintain their fitness and reduce Injury.
The swimmers will also be sponsored by GAF for certain International meets.
Coach Bushan has been selected as the National coach to accompany the Indian squad at the 13th FINA World Swimming Championship (25m) at Windsor Canada. The event will be held between 6th-11th December 2016.
The Indian Contingent will include Manaa Patel, Malavika V, Sajan Prakash and Prathapan Nair Sud.
GAF wishes Coach Bushan all success for this event.