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Splash bash

After cricket, football, golf, rowing and badminton, bonding outside the boardroom took to the pool with The Telegraph presents Royal Challenge Swimming Championship 2009 For Corporates.

The finals of the three-day swimming tourney on Saturday evening at Indian Life Saving Society (formerly Anderson Club) was a fun-filled affair. The teams that lapped their way to victory were Trisys Communications, Elite Furniture, Castrol India Ltd and Bosch Ltd, while Usha Communications Technology Ltd, Allied Blenders & Distillers Pvt Ltd, HDFC Housing Finance, Airtel, Tata Consultancy Services, IDBI and Gryphon India were also in the fray.

The team events for the day were 3x25m Relay Open and Throwing Ball Into Goal Post, with three participants from each team, plus a goalie. The 25m Carry Your Drink Race called for individual participation. “We’ve had the Merchant’s Cup cricket tournaments in the city but this is the first time we’re having a corporate swimming competition. It’s a nice change and recognises swimming as a sport,” smiled P.K. Mukherjee, vice-president, ILSS.

With national backstroke champ Kalpita Haldar as captain, Trisys Communication swept all the major wins. “This is a big achievement as I had given up swimming and this makes me recall my past wins!” smiled Kalpita, the librarian at Trisys. First runner-up Bosch’s captain B.P. Phadke did not expect to succeed with only three participants while second runner-up Castrol’s captain Pradip Jha said that the “intermingling of different departments was fun”.

The awards were handed out by United Spirits Limited CEO and executive vice-president Kaushik Chatterjee and senior general manager (marketing) Alokesh Banerjee, alongside president of ILSS Justice Sailendra Prasad Talukdar and ex-captain of the Bengal swimming team and ILSS member Sriparna Mukherjee. “Swimming is especially good for corporates, as water has a soothing effect and relaxes the body,” felt Mukherjee. The event ended with a performance by singer Sujoy Bhowmik and RJ-singer Moushumi from Red FM.

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