Sajan Prakash, S/o Smt.V.J.Shantymol, APO, Mines-II is one of the two Swimmers from India selected to participate in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics commencing in Brazil from 5 th Aug 2016.It is note worthy to mention that the swimmer was introduced to Swimming at the age tender age of six at NLC Swimming Pools under the guidance of Shri.Joy Joseph Thoppen and Shri Saji Sebastian, NLC Swimming Coaches.
NLC having a good sports tradition and talented Coaches easily identified his inner talent and encouraged him to participate in various age group State level Swimming championships and he got his first medal in the Nagarajan Memorial Swimming meet held at Neyveli in the year 1999. Consistent training and encouragement and motivation from his mother, who is a reputed NLC athlete herself, helped him to cross many hurdles. He was always ahead of his peers in swimming. He started winning medals for NLC as well as Tamilnadu in Sub –Junior, Junior, SGFI (School Games Federation of India), as well as Senior National Aquatic Championships during the years 2003 to 2011.He had his schooling at St.Paul’s Matric HSS, Neyveli until his 10 th std and later at Jawahar Matric HSS School, Bl-17,Neyveli that shaped his educational career while encouraging his swimming.
During his school days under the guidance of NLC Coaches and support of NLC Management he represented Tamilnadu in Sub-Junior, Junior and Senior National Aquatic Championships and won thirty medals. After completing his 12 th standard at Neyveli in order to pursue his swimming career he joined South Western Railways, Bangalore as a clerk at the age of 18 in the year 2011 and continued his swimming training at Basavanagudi Aquatic Centre, Bangalore under the National Swimming coach Shri.S.Pradeep kumar. His contribution helped South Western Railways to win four consecutive Inter Railways Championships from 2012-15 Selvan. Sajan Prakash broke the National records in his favorite events 1500 Free style and 200 Mtrs Butterfly in the year 2012 and taken part in prestigious events like Asian Championship in UAE, in Commonwealth championship in U.K, Asian Games in South
Korea and later in the prestigious World Championship in Russia in the year 2015. The steady progress in swimming fetched Selvan. Sajan Prakash, FINA (World Governing Body of Swimming) Scholarship for International training under American coaches. It is very creditable to note that he will be competing in the prestigious Rio Olympics 2016 in Brazil as first Olympian hailing from Neyveli.
The NLC Management plans to honour Selvan. Sajan Prakash on forthcoming Independence day celebrations of NLC to be held at Bharathi Statdium ,Neyveli on 15.08.2016.Shri Sarat Kumar Acharya,CMD,NLC will present a special award to him.