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Students at the oars

Manas Singh can’t wait to hit the waters. The Class XII boy at South Point High School will be among the 245 students to take part in 13th edition of the Bengal Rowing Club’s Students’ Rowing Championship, in association with The Telegraph.

The week-long affair begins on Sunday.

Fifty teams, each with four members, from 31 schools will race each other in the heats from May 13 to May 17. The finals will be held on May 18.

The participants have been training for the past month.

“We infuse in the rowers a sense of competition and discipline, making them more passionate towards the sport. It is go to see young boys and girls from schools gearing up for the event, rowing daily,” said Rajesh Agarwal, convener and regatta secretary of the championship.

Up for grabs is a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh for the champions, besides Rs 25,000 for the Best Disciplined School and Rs 10,000 each for the Best Dressed Team (boys and girls).

National High School for Boys and Army Public School for Girls had won in the senior category last year while the junior titles went to Future Hope and Modern High School for Girls.

Trying their luck and their oars this time will be St. James’ School, Ashok Hall Girls’ School, MP Birla Foundation High School, St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, South Point High School, Frank Anthony Public School, Army Public School, Sushila Birla Girls’ School, St. Lawrence School and others.

The championship format is coxed fours. There is also a separate category for indoor rowing.

For South Pointer Manas, a national-level rower, it all began at the BRC regatta. “I have been participating since 2010. I wait for it the whole year as it is a wonderful platform where I get to interact with rowers from other schools. The level of competition has increased over the years and so has the craze for the sport,” said Manas, who also loves to swim.

Apart from rowing, the club introduces another sport every year to keep the participants entertained. This year, Joydeep Karmakar and his team of international shooters will share a few tips with the young rowers.