Rising after the knockdowns
Rising after the knockdowns
Gargee Walekar is the only representative of Maharashtra in the India team for the Rugby event to seven girls U-18 World Games in Paris this weekend. It was part of the Seven Rugby Asian Championship for girls under 18 in the UAE last year.
Known for its speed and agility, Gargee is not the only area in the suburbs of Mulund to greatness. Her former schoolmate, Ruchi Shetty, represented the India team at the biggest Asian Women’s Championships of 2016 in Sri Lanka.
Girls Mulund, Gargee and Ruchi and their former classmates, Kshitija Manglurkar, Krutuja Manglurkar and Shraddha Lawand, were also in India under 18-year-old Rugby Sevens girls in Dubai last year.
The former students of Santa María Convent High School, Mulund, always play school property or in a nearby Nahur camp with other boys and girls.
The underwear soccer player 17 as an approach from the first day he entered the game. “I was introduced to this sport in Class XI by Get on Rohit D’Souza Rugby program at our school.
It was a new game, and everything was different about it. I liked the address. Initially, the people around us do not support us because they do not know much about it. But now, everyone is proud. I am in first year of degree in the university Ruparel.
The love of the game has stayed with me since then and I played many junior and senior national tournaments, “he said.
None of his family has played rugby, but he has faced no obstacle despite a difficult sports touch. “My father played cricket at the club, and my grandfather was an athlete. My parents supported him throughout his careers, but he wants me to do so well academically.
Gargee and former school mates play for the Bombay club The Forwards. She was selected in the 12-member team after a two-week training camp at Bombay Gymkhana. Rugby coaches India Nasser Hussain and Shaikh Rehmuddin conducted the training of the 25 likely candidates.
The girls were selected for the camp during the National Youth Rugby Championship Société Générale held on June 10 and 11 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. Hussain and Shaikh are both Mumbai and traveled with the team. Hussain is also a former captain of the Indian Rugby team and current CEO of Rugby India.
The Indian team T-18 girls are five Odisha players, captain Sumitra Nayak and five players from West Bengal. These ten players are from the tribal areas. Sultana New Delhi complete team of 12 members.
Gargee had a good start in his first international tournament in Dubai last year, but his team lost the last place.
She wants to repair this moment. “It was a good match for me, and I played before, I was injured in the semifinals, and a lot of other players also had injuries, we could not make it to the final, this time we want to reach the final and win,” he said.
Gargee feels rugby while a sport is improving in India and are able to compete with international tournaments.
“I have speed, I can hear myself well and run fast, but my frame is thin, I want the change” , He said.