We recently concluded the second season of Speedstar- one of the biggest athletic initiatives of the country. The hunt was conducted under the aegis of Athletics Federation of India (AFI) with PT Usha as the mentor. The participation was open for both boys and girls participate under 4 age categories- Under 10, 12, 14 and 16. The two race formats were- 60m (U10) and 100m (U12, 14, 16).
In the second edition, the team travelled to 10 cities- Mumbai, Delhi, Goa, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Lucknow, Jalandhar, Pune, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. We received overwhelming response with over 60,000 participants and 1,700 schools from all across the country. There were 2 winners chosen from every city in each category (one boy and one girl). The 80 finalists chosen from the city had come down to Mumbai to participate in the grand finale where the final 8 Speedstars were chosen.
The two U10 winners were awarded Rs.50,000 cash prize each while the other 6 winners will be heading for a week long intensive training in Australia with Sharon Hannan, London Olympics 2012 winner Sally Pearson’s Coach.
NGOs like Yuva Unstoppable, Magic Bus, Teach for India, Pratham were also a part of the initiative. We also made sure that at least 30% of our participants came from underprivileged sections of the society. Our association with Special Olympics Bharat made this initiative one of the few unified athletics events of the country thereby reminding us that athletic potential is not restricted to a limited few.
Cities reached out
Schools reached out
Students reached out
60M and 100M
Name of Participant
Gurinder Veer Singh
The winners of Speedstar Season 2 Finale held on 9th Feb 2014 are:
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