Mangaluru, Nov 6, 2016: The Surfing Federation of India announced Team India for the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship from November 12-20. The event features contestants from over 40 countries.
Tanvi Jagadish, 16, of the Mantra Surf Club, Mangaluru, will represent Team India in respective categories. It’s the first time a girl from Mangaluru will take part in an international surfing event. She’s also the first female surfer from India to participate in the Fiji event.
"This is a first for Team India, to participate in the world championship in stand-up paddling. Both athletes will take part in two disciplines viz. SUP racing technical and SUP racing distance in the tough conditions which Fiji is known for. Both have worked very hard over the years to consistently win national SUP championships and are ranked No. 1 in their categories. This opportunity of representing India at the highest level will enhance their skills and motivation to do well in the coming years," Rammohan Paranjape, vice-president, Surfing Federation of India, said.
"We thank DK DC Dr. K G Jagadeesha for his support as well as Karnataka Bank, HPCL, Fiji Tourism, Mantra Surf Club and individual donors who have supported Tanvi Jagadish," he added.
Bank to bear expenses : Karnataka Bank will sponsor the travel expense of Tanvi Jagadish. Karnataka Bank Ltd Planning and Development department on Saturday felicitated and her on being selected to represent India. The bank’s managing director and CEO P Jayarama Bhatannounced that the bank has decided to sponsor her travel expenses. Vijayashankar Rai K V, deputy general manager, Renuka N Bangera, assistant general manager and Srinivas Deshpande, chief manager - Public Relations and Shamanth Kumar, Tanvi’s coach, were present at the event.