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Thane girls make the record again in Rhythmic Gymnastics!!

Six Thane City Girls, who are students of Phoenix Gymnastics Academy (PGA) and are under the training of International Gymnast and coach, Ms. Pooja Surve, & Ms. Mansi Surve recently represented India in an invitational rhythmic gymnastics Competition at the VITRIGO INTERNATIONAL CUP 2018, and won whooping 15 medals for India.

VITRIGO INTERNATIONAL CUP 2018, was held at National Sports Council , Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur between 10 th July to 16 th July. There were a total of many gymnasts representing various countries and different states in Malaysia who had participated across different age groups. Representing India were, Spruha Sahoo, Riya Khilare in Prejunior(U/12) Group, Kimaya Karle, Anvi Narvekar in U/11 group and Samika Thombare , Aryaa Kadam U/10 age group ably led by Mrs. Smita Surve. The team was accompanied by Ms. Mansi Surve who is an International Coach and Judge. Mansi Surve also was on the judging panel for Vitrigo International Cup 2018. All the 6 girls won medals at this competition and made a history in itself. Kimaya Karle ( 4 medals in Freehand, ball, clubs and all round) , Anvi Narvekar ( 3 medals in Freehand, clubs, ball), Spruha Sahoo ( 2 medals in ball, clubs ), Riya Khilare ( 2 medals in ball, clubs), Samika Thombare ( 2 medals in Allround, clubs), Aryaa Kadam ( 2 medals in Allround, Ball). Most of these girls were playing their first International competition and this success is first step for them as well as for PGA.

Phoenix Gymnastics Academy (PGA) was started in 2012 with just few students now spreading wings with around 250 gymnasts training under the able guidance of Ms. Pooja Surve and Ms. Mansi Surve, And Mrs. Smita Surve. Ms. Pooja Surve is FIG Level 1 International coach and Judge and also a prestigious Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Awardee. She has been appointed as the official broadcaster and Gymnastic technical expert Star Sports 3 for Rio Olympics 2016. Ms. Mansi Surve is also a FIG recognized International coach and Judge, and she was with the girls in Vitrigo International Cup 2018, representing India as the Judge.

This is the Third International success of PGA after 2 silver , 1 bronze medals in 2016 Vitrigo InternationalCup, and 1 bronze medal in Uzbekistan, making total of 19 International Medals. Four gymnasts of PGAhas also represented India in Asian Gymnastics Championship held in Malaysia in April 2018. One of PGAgymnast is ranked 3 rd in Khelo India games. PGA gymnasts also won over more than 450 medals representing Thane district and Maharashtra at various state and national level competitions over the past 6years. All this is because of the hard-work and dedication by motivator, strategist coach Ms. Pooja & Ms.Mansi, fondly addressed as ‘Pooja tai’ & ‘Mansi tai’ by all their students. To guide & support them are their parents Mrs. Smita Surve and Mr. Shriniwas Surve who are the backbone of the Academy, and a big supporter for gymnasts’ parents.Now, with India giving more importance to Sports; Indian Athletes and Artistic Gymnasts representing India and winning International medals at prestigious competitions; Rhythmic gymnastics is our next hope inIndian Olympics Medal Quest.

Pooja tai; Mansi tai are working dedicatedly on their gymnasts to make the ‘Olympics Medal dream’ come true. Today’s success in Vitrigo International Cup 2018 shows that PGA is moving in right direction even if we lac the proper practice facilities and lac of funds for international training.

If these girls get the International training in a quality international level training facility, they will certainly give better results. Little support to PGA and their gymnasts will do wonders for India in Rhythmic Gymnastics a girl only sport- in near future.

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