Published: Updated – 7:52 pm, Tue – 30 November 21
Hyderabad: Vaishnavi Veeravamsham of Hyderabad will represent India at the Oman World Senior Championships starting December 1 at Musannah Bay. Vaishnavi, 15, will be the youngest sailor in the senior women’s world championship in Oman, where the average age is 25.
Vaishnavi excelled at the national championships in Hyderabad and Bombay to place second in the national rankings and was selected by the Federation to compete in the senior world championships.
“I’m proud to have been selected to represent India but at my age and only 6 months experience on the Laser Radial boat, I’m afraid this will be the toughest championship of my life but I hope to learn from the experience. I thank my trainer and mentor Suheim Sheikh sir for bringing me to this level,” said a beaming Vaishnavi, who has already been there for five days getting used to the conditions.
Vaishnavi captured the hearts of the sailing fraternity by winning three trophies at Hyderabad Sailing Week in August and then securing a bronze medal at the senior national championships in Bombay, missing silver by a hair in due to a penalty.
Nethra Kumanon, India’s first Olympian at the Tokyo Games in sailing and top seed, will also compete and all eyes will be on her for a medal. The two girls train on the site where the best sailors in the world from 30 countries will participate. This is Nathra’s first major event after the Olympics, as she recently won gold at the Gran Canaria National Championships in Spain.
“We cannot expect Vaishnavi to excel given her limited laser experience, but being ranked 2nd she deserves every opportunity for exposure internationally and every experience will add to her abilities,” Suheim said. Sheikh, President of the Hyderabad Yacht Club of Oman.
Earlier this year, two Telangana girls Ravali Parandi and Jhanispriya were selected for the Asian Championships in Thailand and national champion Ravali Parandi finished 9th among the girls in Asia, capping her sub-junior career with an eye on the senior level in the 470 mixed class event at the 2026 Asian Games in Japan.
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