13 October, 2018
Don Bosco Matunga bags SJAM award for the second year in succession
-Mr Barrington Serrao
Our school was voted yet again the best boys school in sports in Mumbai by SJAM (Sports Journalists Association of Mumbai) for the period Aug 2017 to July 2018. The school bagged this award last year too for its consistent performance in MSSA, DSO and other associations’ organized inter school sports.
The awards ceremony was held on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the CK Nayudu Hall, Cricket Club of India, Dinshaw Vachha Road, Churchgate, Mumbai 400020. Distinguished sportspersons MM Somaya, Padmakar Shivalkar, Adille Sumariwalla and Yasin Merchant were the honoured guests and they gave away the prizes.
Being a powerhouse of sports, there are numerous sportspersons and coaches at Don Bosco Matunga who have achieved collectively or individually and brought laurels to the school. However given the restrictions, only a few could represent the school at the award ceremony. The school contingent included-
Management- Fr Bernard Fernandes (Principal) and Fr Roy Noronha (Vice Principal)
Sports Coordinator- Sir Barrington Serrao
Coaches: Mohan Pillay (Football) and Javed Sayed (Hockey)
1) Yohaan Panjuani-5D (Football)
2) Hriday Sangoi-8D (Chess)
3) Sahil Jadhav-8C (Cricket)
4) Kris Benson-10C (Football, hockey and athletics)
5) Ayush Hindlekar-10 A (Tennis)
There were different categories of awards ranging from the best sportspersons among the current lot in the city who represented the country, and the heartthrobs of yesteryears. Prominent among these were cricketers Prithvi Shaw and Jemimah Rodrigues, and Tejaswini Sawant (shooting) from the current generation, and SS Narayan (Football/Basketball) Mary D’Souza (Athlectics) Murlikant Petkar (Paralympics) Ramakant Achrekar (Cricket) who were awarded the SJAM LIFETIME ACHIVEMENT AWARD.
It was an honour to sit among stars who played for their country and struggled hard to make it to the top. The stories of Mary, Murlikant and Aachrekar were of courage, focus and determination, and an inspiration for those who wished to keep India’s sporting flames bright. Their paths were never smooth. Yet there was a rainbow to see and success to strive for!