KARACHI: The third edition of the Inter School Regatta Championship will kick off today at the Karachi Boat Club (KBC) where The Citizens Foundation (TCF) will make its debut as a participating team and a co-organizer.
The indoor and outdoor rowing event, which began in 2004, has a total of 311 participants from 16 different schools across the city. The President of the Association of School Rowing in Asia Arif Ikram, who is also the associate secretary of the Pakistan Rowing Federation said that the KBC and TCF have taken this initiative to promote a healthy lifestyle in young athletes who can take up rowing as a professional career.
“Rowing is not just a sport.” Ikram told The Express Tribune. “It should essentially be a stepping stone for young sportsmen to follow a career and develop their interests into something more tangible.
“One of our students has gone onto complete a bachelors degree in the US on a rowing scholarship. This is our vision; training young students, developing their skills so they can get scholarships and build careers,” said Ikram.
“Our ex-students have returned back and have started coaching the younger participants, which I think is a great achievement for this sport.”
The championship will start tomorrow and will continue for three days where the TCF will be represented by 22 students.
The founder and the board of directors of TCF Mushtaq Chapra said, “This is a great milestone for us. Students have been working extremely hard for three months and exposure to this sport is playing an integral part in their physical and mental development.”
Published in The Express Tribune, January 6th, 2011.
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