This past week, 9th grader Kiana and 11th grader Amelia traveled to Sri Lanka to compete in an international swimming competition. They represented our host school, INDUS International School Hyderabad, and competed against swimmers from India and Sri Lanka at the Visakha Swimming Pool Complex in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Amelia and Kiana were invited by the INDUS swim coach and traveled with the 13 little boys (ages 12 and under) that are on the INDUS swim team, and the group met up with four swimmers and their parents from the INDUS International School Pune campus. This is the first time that THINK Global School athletes have traveled outside of their host city to participate in a sports competition. I went with them and acted as the female chaperone, photographer, cheerleader, and surrogate parent.
The girls demonstrated athletic prowess and won a medal in every race that they swam! Kiana swam five individual races and won gold in each one. Amelia also swam five individual races and won three golds, one silver and a bronze. The most exciting race of the two day competition was the female under-16 medley relay race. Amelia and Kiana formed a team with two girls from the INDUS Pune school; the girls were all different ages and each swam a different stroke. I stood poolside with the INDUS Pune parents and the INDUS boys and coach, and we cheered the entire time. The girls were incredible and won by more than a body length. The race was a great demonstration of team work and camaraderie. It was lovely to see the INDUS students from two different campuses in India, who had met just two days before, work together to win a relay race in Sri Lanka. It was a once in a lifetime event. We can only hope that there will be similar opportunities in the future.