Komal Dhake, a Std IX student of Holy Angels School, Dombivli (Maharashtra), created history by bagging five medals (including a gold medal) and an all-rounder trophy at the recently-held CBSC National Gymnastics Championships in Allahabad. The National Championships were held at Khelgaon Public School in the historic city of Prayagraj, formerly known as Allahabad. Significantly, 13-year-old Komal has been a regular reader of The Teenager Today, which she gets every month from her school, over the past few years.
Komal began to show interest in gymnastics from a very young age. When she was hardly nine, her parents joined her in the gymnastics centre attached to Bhor Gymkhana, Dombivli (West), not far from home. Since then, Komal has been practising for long hours (six hours daily) at the gymkhana, as she kept winning gold and silver medals at most district and state level competitions that she participated in.
Her persevering hard work paid off as she bagged a gold medal (vaulting table), two silver medals respectively in floor exercise and all-round performance, bronze medals in balancing beam and uneven bars, in addition to the all-rounder trophy, at the Under-17 women’s artistic gymnastics. Hats off to both Komal and her coach Mr Ravindra Shirke!
Kudos to Holy Angels School, and to her parents, Sachin and Poornima Dhake! We are sure Komal will continue her winning spree in the coming years, as well. The Teenager Today wishes you all the best, Komal. We are proud of you!