The LeapStart National Badminton Championship saw players from 8 cities battle it out for the national title. The final day witnessed some closely contested matches including the battle for the third place playoff between M Arvind (SPK International School, Chennai) and Sri Harsha (JHPS, Hyderabad) where Arvind came out victorious 13-5, 15-8, 15-6.
It was double the joy for Shraddha Hegde (Sindhi High School, Bangalore) and Tushar Suveer (Narayana E-Techno, Bangalore) who both defended their titles in the U-13 Girls and U-11 Boys categories respectively. Other stand out performances included Roshni Gayatri (Genesis International School, Hyderabad) where she bagged the U-15 Girls title having finished runner-up in 2015.
Mr. Vimal Kumar former badminton player and national coach, who is currently coaching ace shuttler Saina Nehwal, distributed the prizes to the winners and encouraged the students to take up the sport seriously. "It is important to stay focussed, practice hard and eat well", said Vimal Kumar while addressing all the participants. He further said, "such grassroots tournaments are important to give exposure to participants across India".
LeapStart is India's premier physical and sports education programme, that has impacted the lives of 1,50,000 students across 150 schools in 45 cities. LeapStart is a holistic, age appropriate and progressive educational service, offering end to end physical education services for schools, which includes internationally researched curriculum, sports equipment, skilled & certified trainers, consistent in-school delivery and comprehensive CCE compliant assessments.