Arya Vidya Mandir’s (Bandra) Aryan Makhija set the Andheri Sports Complex pool on fire by winning five golds and a silver medal in Mumbai Schools Sports Association’s (MSSA) 50th Annual Aquatic Championships.
In the boys’ U-14 100m freestyle event, Aryan created a new meet record by clocking 01:00.51 sec. He broke Bombay Scottish’s Ishaan Mehra’s record of 01:00.65 sec, which was created in 2011. Aryan also finished first in the under-14 boys’ 100m butterfly event, clocking 01:06.84 sec.
He teamed up with Meet Makhija, Neil Roy, and Sunit Vaidya to clinch the 4x50m freestyle relay gold. In the boys’ U-14 breaststroke event, Aryan clocked 1:19.36 sec to win a gold, while in the 200m individual medley (IM), his time of 2:30.27 was enough to give him the yellow metal.
In the 100m backstroke event, Aryan finished second with a timing of 1:15.92 sec. Dhirubhai Ambani International’s Vedant stood first clocking 1:14.62 sec.
The youngster credited his coach at Khar Gymkhana, Subodh Danke, for his achievements.
“Since I was five, I have been training under Subodh (Danke) sir. He has always encouraged me to put in extra effort during training to ensure that I perform well at competitions. Whatever I have achieved so far is because of him. I owe this performance to my parents and him,” said the 13-year-old.
This year has been great for the Class VIII student. He won three golds at the recently concluded (November 13-16) District Sports Office (DSO) state level athletics meet at Kolhapur.
“Today I might go out and celebrate my success with my family. But I don’t want to sit and keep thinking about the MSSA medals. It’s time for me to start training for the DSO nationals.
A good performance there could help me qualify for the World School Games. It is my dream to represent the country at the 2020 Olympics,” said Aryan, who is now aiming to qualify for the World School Games.