The spirited sprinters of Indian school Darsait who won gold with their record breaking performance in 4×100 meters relay in the Under-19 Category at the CBSE National Athletic Meet held at Divine Child School, Mehsana, Gujarat from 8 to 12 January, 2015 were accorded a warm welcome on their return yesterday. The team emerged victorious breaking the national record of 44.01 seconds set by MES Qatar at Cochin in 2010 with a pulsating timing of 44 seconds and made the school proud by scripting a page in its annals.
The relay team comprising Sachin Murali who made a brilliant start, with Suhail T.N. taking an excellent early lead, Haseen Ahmad increasing the advantage and Rafeek T.A giving an amazing finish, turned their race to a stunning and spectacular one. The team was also morally supported by Sooraj Francis who attended the meet as a substitute team member. Earlier, the team had showcased an impressive performance bagging the first position in the semi finals.
Dr. Sridevi P.Thashnath, the Principal along with Mr. Abdul Rahim Kassim President, SMC, Mr. Biju Samuel, convener SMC, Mr. Sunil Dath Sankaran Head Sports Committee, Mr. Ajayan Poyyara- Head Purchase Committee, Mrs. Nikhila Anilkumar, Member SMC, Parents and well wishers thronged the Muscat International Airport to welcome and receive the victorious team that had carved a niche for itself at the CBSE National Meet. The School Management Committee expressed their elation and conveyed their happiness at the remarkable feat that the school had attained.
Speaking on the occasion, the Principal congratulated the winners in glowing terms for bringing a long cherished laurel to their alma mater. She also said: It is no sheer luck but hard work determination with dedication and regular practice that helped the participants exhibit their best in them. She commended the relentless efforts of all involved in this dazzling victory including Mr. Lal A Pillai, HoD, Co-Scholastic, who also accompanied the team and the Physical Education teachers whose guidance and assistance aiding them in their glorious triumph.
Conveying his joy, Mr Sunil Dath Sankaran Head, Sports Sub Committee said that the accomplishment was very special as the team had achieved this feat braving the constraints of a spacious ground and other infrastructure facilities.
A special assembly was organized in the school to honour and felicitate the winners in the presence of the senior school students, parents and esteemed members of SMC. In his speech President, SMC appreciated the winners and commented that the achievement had really boosted the moral of the ISD family. He also thanked the trainers and Mr Thampi Raja, a well wisher, in particular under whose expertise and guidance the school registered yet another success story and scaled the zenith of glory.