Goa Tourism backs Swimmathon 2017


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From L to R:
Ganesh R. Teli, Assistant Director, Department of Tourism, Govt. of Goa, Talasha Prabhu, Goa’s Champion Swimmer and Female Brand Ambassador, Swimmathon 2017, Sayed Abdul Majid, Hon. General Secretary, Goa Swimming Association, Ashish Agarwal, Managing Director, Square Off Sports, Rajesh Kale, Deputy Director, Department of Tourism, Govt. of Goa, Mr. Girish Babu, Unit Head, Manipal Hospital.

Goa Tourism backs Swimmathon 2017 – India’s Official Selection Trials for Open Water Swimming, to be held on 3rd December 2017 at Colva Beach, Goa
Goa, 1st December, 2017: Continuing its efforts to promote Goa as the first choice for Water Sports in India, Goa Tourism announces official support for Square Off Sports’ Swimmathon 2017 - India’s Premier Open Water Swimming Championship to be held on 3rd December, 2017 at Colva Beach in South Goa. Swimmathon 2017, accredited by Swimming Federation of India (SFI) as the Official National Selection Trials for Open Water Swimming in India, where both the men and women winners of the 10 KM and 5 KM races will represent India at the FINA World Championships and other international events like Asian Games and Commonwealth Games in 2018.  Lending added credibility and athletic prowess to the event, Virdhawal Khade, 2014 Asian Games Bronze medalist and Arjuna Awardee, has been roped in as the brand ambassador of Swimmathon 2017.

The formal announcement was made in the esteemed presence of Mr. Rajesh Kale, Deputy Director, Department of Tourism, Govt. of Goa, Shri Ganesh R. Teli, Assistant Director, Department of Tourism, Govt. of Goa, Sayed Abdul Majid, Hon. General Secretary, Goa Swimming Association, Talasha Prabhu, Goa’s Champion Swimmer, Ashish Agarwal, Managing Director, Square Off Sports, Mr. Barun Kumar Khan, LIC of India and Mr. Girish  Babu, Manipal Hospital.

The aim of Swimmathon is to develop Open Water Swimming as a sport in India as well as to recognize the real talent from across the nation. Association of Swimmathon 2017 with SFI will create a perfect competent breed of International-level swimmers. The winners of last edition of Swimmathon qualified to represent India in the FINA World Championship held at Russia and at Setubal, Portugal which was an Olympic Qualifier.

Leading brands including LIC of India, Manipal Hospital, Speedo, Longuinhos Beach Resort, Black Panther, Bright Outdoor, D’signer, Activ Sports, Taan, Swim India, and Event Qubes N Ideas joined hands with Swimmathon 2017 with a singular aim, to promote open sea swimming as a sport in India.

Open water swimming poses unique challenges to the swimmers as there are no lane lines, walls or starting blocks to dictate what it takes to win. Unpredictable natural conditions often play a deciding role in determining the winner of such a race. This year, Swimmathon has announced the highest cash prize in Indian Open Water Swimming history with a total cash purse of around Rs. 4,00,000. The winners of 10KM races and 5KM races in both Male and Female categories will win Rs. 50,000 each and Rs. 25,000 each respectively. In addition, the winners will also get gift hampers from brands like Speedo among others.

Shri Ganesh R. Teli, Assistant Director, Department of Tourism, Govt. of Goasaid “It is very fortunate that Goa is not only a popular tourism destination for its sandy shores but over the years it is also gaining popularity as a sports tourism destination where its beaches are being utilized as the perfect platform to draw talented young sportspersons to compete in open water swimming competitions. Swimmathon has become an annual event which Goa Tourism has been supporting for the last three years and the 2017 edition is also going to be an exciting event.Goa Tourism encourages its local Goans and ace swimmers to partake in this event as well and invites everyone to witness this event at Colva Beach on Sunday.  In the larger interest of promotion of this event, Department of tourism has supported it financially as well as non-financially. We wish all the participants the very best.”

“Square Off Sports as a brand is overwhelmed to announce the sixth edition of Swimmathon in association with Swimming Federation of India. We are extremely thankful to the authorities at Department of Tourism - Goa for extending their overwhelming support over the years, and continuing their support for this year too. Open Sea Swimming is a unique and the newest addition to Olympic games. We are inclined towards creating the same kind of excitement and at the same time, provide a platform for budding swimmers to showcase their immense talent.  There is raw potential hidden in the remote pockets of the country which, if given the right kind of training and mentorship, can lead India at International level. Also, just like marathon, we aspire to make it to the New Year resolution and ‘things to do’ bucket list of adventure enthusiasts looking out for riveting expeditions. With the government massively promoting sports, we are not far from the day when Goa will evolve as the water sports destination and Swimmathon arena will see international participants.We would like to thank Department of Tourism, Goa and our sponsors LIC of India, Speedo, Manipal Hospitals, Black Panther, Longuinhos Beach Resort, Drishti among others for their support & association.”saidMr. Ashish Agarwal, Managing Director, Co-founder, Square Off Sports.

“It's fantastic to be a part of Swimmathon, which is India’s most popular Open sea swimming competition, and has been a tremendous platform to the sea swimmers of India. With some of India’s best swimmers participating in the event this year, I hope India finds its next big name in long distance swimming through Swimmathon. I wish all the very best to all swimmers participating this year,” said Ms. Talasha Prabhu, Ace Indian Swimmer.

Commenting on the association, Sayed Abdul Majid, Hon. General Secretary, Goa Swimming Association, said, “It is an honor that Goa has been chosen as the permanent destination for Swimmathon – India’s Premier Open Water Swimming Championship. Over the years, the event has managed to attract the best of Indian Swimming talent to the shores of Goa for testing their skills in the Open Sea, and I am sure this year too we will have large attendance from the Swimming community.”
Talking about the recognition by SFI,Mayur Vyas, Technical Committee – Swimmathon, Swimming Federation of India, had said during the press interactions in Mumbai, “We are happy to promote ‘Swimmathon’ in association with Square Off Sports, which has deep expertise in conducting events of this nature. Swimmathon is a stepping stone for the Indian swimmers to become an International-level sports personality and represent India at events in Open Water Swimming Category. Being conducted in Goa, Swimmathon has transpired into a bigger and better property due to the consistent efforts that the Square Off Sports team has put in nurturing this event. I am positive that Swimmathon is a great initiative that will help Swimming emerge as a serious sport in India and provide opportunities to all the aspiring swimmers. Swimming Federation of India wants to leverage on Swimmathon as a platform to identify a talent pool of open water swimmers and create a roadmap for the forthcoming international meets.”

To enhance the safety of participants, the organisers have engaged professional lifeguard services from Drishti. For cases where immediate attention might be needed, they have arranged for the involvement of lifeguard with hi-speed Gemini boats, swimming experts to accompany each category, and availability of jet-skis. They will also help Swimmathon with audit and risk assessment, planning, and deployment solutions to address any emergencies during the event. The organisers have also tied up with Manipal Hospital to provide us with complete medical and ambulance facilities on site and complete first aid and medical facilities on accompanying boats.

The categories for competition are as follows:

  • 10K Swimmathon

  • 14+ Years Men & Women

  • 5K Swimmathon

  • 14+ Years Men & Women

  • 2.5 K Swimmathon

  • U14 Boys & Girls

  • 14+ Years Men & Women

  • 35+ Years Men & Women

  • 1K Swimmathon

  • U14 Boys & Girls

  • 14+ Years Men & Women

  • 35+ Years Men & Women

About Ashish Agarwal
An entrepreneur at heart with a penchant for selling products and services, Ashish Agarwal has been dabbling with start-ups even before moving out of school. In a way, his first venture at the age of 10 - a popular Community Library in his locality, paved the way for his eventual journey from a corporate life to that of an entrepreneur. Before the entrepreneurial bug bit him, Ashish worked in various sales-oriented roles for IT giants like IBM, HCL, NSE.iT and Ricoh, and has successfully worked with Fortune 500 companies as clients. Ashish has an Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering degree from Mumbai University, and has over 15 years of experience in the IT sector.
Working with large conglomerates, Ashish believes in creating an environment where good governance is a business imperative and corporate governance best practices are ingrained in Ashish’s working style. He has been instrumental in implementing similar practices across all Square Off Sports’ offerings, thus improving the efficiency of delivery and intended outcome from these projects which will positively impact the performance and long-term viability of the company.
In his current avatar, Ashish has represented Square Off Sports at several forums and conventions as a speaker, and has been instrumental in forging partnerships for the company with several National and International Sports Associations and Federations.

About Square Off Sports
Square Off Sports is a premier sports management, consulting and a training organization providing comprehensive services in the field of sports. Square Off Sports has been established to be the change agent – aimed to develop India’s sporting culture by encouraging the youth of the country to take up sports as their ‘way of life’. With a strategic vision of professionalizing the delivery of sports in India, Square Off Sports aims to create a paradigm shift and act as agents to encourage the youth right from their formative age to take up sports as a way of life thereby building career opportunities in sports through offering in Sports Training & Education and Sports Management. These programs have been delivered successfully at marquee clients like Podar International School, Billabong High International School, Thane, SM Shetty International School, Hiranandani Group, etc.

Sports Training & Education

  • K-12 Sports Education

  • Post School Sports Training & Vacation Camps

  • Clubhouse Sports and Activity Outsourcing for Complexes

  • Competitive Sports Training for Academies & School Team Training

  • School Sporting Tours

Sports Management

  • Creating & Acquiring Sports Intellectual Properties

  • Sports Event Management and Public Relations

  • Corporate Employee Engagement

  • Community Sports Events