ISA felicitates medal winners and promising players of 2012
The Indian Squash Academy (ISA) today felicitated the ISA medal winners (top 3) of the Junior National Championship Squash Championship that was held at The Cricket Club of India, Mumbai from 30 October – 4 November 2012.
A total of 10 medals were won by ISA trainees of which 5 players were crowned National Champion in the 10 junior categories. Among the awardees were Asian Junior Champions Anaka Alankamony and Kush Kumar.
S. Samita, seeded #2 in the girls U-11, upset Megha Bhatia to win her maiden crown. Likewise, budding junior S. Navaneeth Prabhu won the Boys U-11, defeating higher ranked opponents Advait Adik and top seed Yash Fadte. The other outstanding achievement was when Velavan Senthilkumar, seeded #2 in the boys U-15, won the title.
In the newly instituted ISA annual performance awards, Anaka Alankamony and Kush Kumar were also named ISA Player of the Year Female and Male.
Anaka this year won her 2nd Asian Junior Title in Iran, finished 6th in the World Junior Championships and was a member of the Indian World Cup U-21 squad and India World Women’s Squad.
Kush Kumar won his maiden Asian Junior title (boys U-17) in Iran and played a pivotal role to ensure India won a bronze medal at the World Junior Men’s Championship held in Qatar in July 2012.
Ashita Pranaya Bhengra and Velavan Senthilkumar were given the “ISA Most Promising Player” award.
Throughout the year, both these players had shown outstanding performances in tournaments which impressed the selectors.
National Medal Winners
1. S. Samita, Girls U-11 – GOLD MEDAL
2. Anaka Alankamony, Girls under 19 – GOLD MEDAL
3. S. Navaneeth Prabhu, Boys under 11 – GOLD MEDAL
4. Velavan Senthilkumar, Boys under 15 – GOLD MEDAL
5. Kush Kumar, Boys under 17 – GOLD MEDAL
6. Lakshaya Ragvendran, Girls under 17 – SILVER MEDAL
7. Aparajitha Balamurukan, Girls under 19 - SILVER MEDAL
8. Adhitya Raghavan, Boys under 15 - SILVER MEDAL
9. Deepak Mishra, Boys under 19 - SILVER MEDAL
10. Sandeep Ramachandran, Boys under 17 - BRONZE MEDAL
ISA Player of the Year 2012 – Male: Kush Kumar
ISA Player of the Year 2012 – Female: Anaka Alankamony
ISA Most Promising Player of the Year 2012 – Male: Velavan Senthilkumar
ISA Most Promising Player of the Year 2012 – Female: Ashita Pranaya Bhengra
The ISA also took the opportunity to felicitate the Women’s World Team Championship squad that finished 5th at the World Championships held in Nimes, France in November 2012. The members of the team were Dipika Pallikal, Joshana Chinappa, Anaka Alankamony and Aparajitha Balamurukan
Finally, The Indian Squash academy is happy to announce that we have partnered with SportsMechanics, our long standing performance analysis partners in their online coaching platform SportsMentor.tv. The ISA believes that in the modern era of professional sport, technology plays a vital role in analysing performance of the players and SportsMentor.tv offers everything that is required to create those game changing moments.
In this regard, SportsMechanics have come forward to offer annual SportsMentor.tv scholarships to the top 2 performers of the ISA academy and the committee of ISA have chosen Kush Kumar and Ravi Dixit (World Ranked #143) as the recipients of this scholarship. Congratulations to both of you for the fabulous performances you showcased throughout last season and we hope that you will continue with this form and achieve greater success in the future.
The Squash Rackets Federation of India President Mr. K. S. Sripathi presided over the function and handed the plaques to the awardees.