Athlete sponsored for World Championship in Turkey

VIT University Chancellor G. Viswanathan on Thursday handed over a demand draft for Rs. 50,000 to N. Hemamalini, a student of Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Odugathur, to meet the travel expenses to participate in the World School Athletic Championship to be held next month in Turkey.

Daughter of a farmer, the student will be representing the country in javelin throw at the championship.

Ms. Hemamalini, who is in class XII, has been training in javelin throw for the last three years and has bagged 13 medals in State and National-level championships so far. She has created three records at the State, South India and National level, with her best throw being for 40.98 metres. She has been selected for the World School Athletic Championship to be held from July 11 to 18 in Turkey. As she required sponsorships, VIT University chipped in with financial assistance of Rs. 50,000.

Ms. Hemamalini said she was happy to receive the assistance as it would help her meet the travel expenses to fly to Turkey. VIT vice-presidents Sekar Viswanathan and G.V. Selvam, vice-chancellor Anand A. Samuel and S. Pandiyan, headmaster of Government Girls HSS, Odugathur, were present.