Tawi Trekkers celebrates 36th anniversary

JAMMU: Tawi Trekkers J&K, one of the biggest trekking organizations in the country, celebrated its 36th anniversary amidst felicitation of a number of trekkers, sport climbers, mountaineers and institutions which promote adventure activities here today.

Chairman, Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), North Zone Committee, New Delhi, I. S. Bhattacharjee was chief guest. Co-Chairman of Tawi Trekkers and secretary general, Press Club of Jammu, Zorawar Singh Jamwal; Secretary General, J&K High Court Bar Association Jammu, Prem Sadotra and national Judge in sport climbing from New Delhi, Mitra Ghosh were among the special guests.

The main attraction of the function was Shivani Charak, who brought laurels to the club and the state by winning gold medal in the National Lead Climbing Competition at Srinagar in June and Silver medal in the National Speed Climbing Competition at Jamshedpur in May this year.

Seventeen years old Shivani, a student of Government Higher Secondary School Domana, Jammu who was also selected in the Indian Sport Climbing team for the 18th Asian Games at Jakarta but was unfortunately dropped from the team at the last moment, was honoured with a trophy and cash prize of Rs. 10000.

The Dedication Award for the year 2018 was conferred upon Arvinder Kaur of Oriental Academy Higher Secondary School, Tannu Jain of MHAC School, Nagbani and Suman Lata, Director Physical Education, Government College for Women (GCW), Parade, Jammu for their single minded dedication and devotion to promote trekking and sport climbing in the state.

Sprawling Buds ICSE School, Bantalab honoured with a Dedication Award of the Highest Order for outstanding services to the cause of adventure. In addition, 15 other institutions including Oriental Academy, St. Xavier School, Barnai, MHAC School Nagbani, Shangrila Public School,Sarwal, Shiksha Niketan Group of schools, , SOS Hermann Gmeiner School, Elite Public High School, National Academy High School, Udhampur, May Fair School, Jammu, J K Montessorie British School, Amba Kids Home, Panthal; Government Higher Secondary School Domana, Shastri Memorial School, Patoli, and Shining Star High School, Muthi were also awarded for their participation in club's various activities.

Three adventure clubs namely Shivalik Mountaineering and Adventure Sports Club, Jammu, Sunridges Trekking and Mountaineering Club, Pulwama and J&K Mountaineering and Allied Sports Club were also honored for the help and cooperation extended to the club for the smooth conduct of its activities.

Earlier, while Ram Khajuria, president of the club, in his report, highlighted the activities organised by the club so far during the current year Shawetica Khajuria, General Secretary of the club read the welcome address.

Chief Guest, S. Bhattacharjee in his address recalled his association with the club for the last over 20 years. He congratulated the club for its sustained efforts in promoting adventure activities and bringing laurels to the state by producing national champions and international climbers. "The day is not far when the club would produce an international champion" he hoped.

Prominent among others present on the occasion included Rahul Sharma, Chairman, Sprawling Buds ICSE School; Vivek Chauhan, Administrator, Oriental Academy, Mridhu Padha , Vijay Basur, Mala Sharma and Vasudha Khosla, Yogeshwar Kumar.

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