Alka Kamat

For me, sport is fun, discipline and exercise, all combined together.  Basketball makes my competitive juices flow, while swimming brings out the fun-loving side of me. 

(1) International Schools MYP National Basketball Championship (2015-16) & Runners-up (2016-17):

When I and my sister Uma joined MBIS MYP4 (2015-16), the MBIS Basketball team was always the last in ISACI tournament.  We together took initiative to ensure practice after school was serious, and working with the coach, we specialized training for potentially strong team mates. We were lucky that rest of team responded positively. The transformation was complete and was evident in ISACI results. We went to win the ISACI Championship first time in the history of MBIS.

The next year, Uma was chosen captain and me - vice captain. Once again, we won the Runners-up place, in otherwise hostile environment ! 

Following pictures are of me and Uma holding the Championship. The other one is whole team (with me hiding behind the ISACI Championship Cup)

[2] State Basketball Championship Under 17:

First Pune District Level (16 School Teams): This was my first District level competition. It took place between September 12 to 14, in the iconic Deccan Gymkhana, in Pune. Deccan Gymkhana is where International Cricket or tennis or athletic matches used to take place. So for me it was very exciting time. Over the 4 matches, we emerged as Pune District Winner under 17. I also was seen as a strong defender.

Pune DIVISIONAL Matches:  State Championship matches took place at Akluj, Solapur September 11-15, 2013. This was my first outside location competition experience.  We 10 kids were bunked in 2 big rooms. In 3 days, we played 5 matches and won the Divisional Championship for Under 14 Girls Category.  Akluj is a small town and was a different but great experience.  I was top scorer across these matches.  

Below, first is the certificate, then two Alka-in-action, and finally the local News Paper clippings (Alka - against the white wall & behind) 

STATE Championship Matches:  Maharashtra State Championship matches took place at Bramhpuri, Chandrapur between October 25-27, 2013. In 3 days, we played six matches and won the State Championship for Under 17 Girls Category. For the team, staying together in a large room, in a small town was becoming habit and so was winning.  Youngest in the team, I was the top defender. Overall, journey to State Championship was long drawn one, but worth it when you get the Championship & Hero's Welcome on arrival back home.