As we've written about previously, svexa is proud to support the Bridges of Sports Foundation in India. BoS' focus is on identifying natural runners at a young age and developing them through their adolescence, to catalyse their growth and performance. They are building the ecosystem for athletics in Uttra Kannda district of Karnataka in India, working in particular with the Siddi community.
BoS' athletes have been making fantastic progress recently. In the last month they won their first state championship medal at 400 mtrs and two of their female athletes qualified for the 200mtr finals at U-23 senior state championships! It is the first time that two girls from a single village have qualified for the finals, and they're still just aged 17-18 so have great potential for continued improvement.
One of the girls, Nayana, went on to win BoS' first national medal, taking the bronze medal at 400 mtrs. She's come a long way from running barefoot in her first Bridge of Sports' village meet three years ago! Nayana is targeting to qualify for the U-20 world championships in 2022, amazing progress given she had no previous experience in running and had never been coached before BoS adopted her into their system.
Bridge of Sports' first athlete, Ravikiran, also continues to shine - he recently ran 100 meters in 10.67 secs and is pushing now closer to the national record of 10.3 secs. U-14 star athletes in the making clocked sub 8 secs (boys) and sub 9 secs (girls) for 60 mtrs. Going into 2022 and beyond, these athletes from the BoS community will lay the foundations for evolving a strong Indian athletics community built from this grassroots approach.
Svexa supports BoS not just with direct donation, but also using our technology and expertise to optimize their young athletes' performance. You can read more about their great work in this article from The News Minute, or find our more on the Bridges of Sports website.