A basketball tournament in memory of a student from The Millennium School Dubai concluded with Indian High School being crowned champions after a close victory over DPS Dubai.
In July, the school received shocking news that Mohammed Sajjad Nellikunna Sabeer, 15, had died in a road accident while on vacation in Kerala, India. A keen basketball player and having represented the school in many tournaments, The Millennium School Dubai launched the Sajjad Memorial Inter-school Basketball Tournament.
Twenty schools from Dubai and Sharjah competed in the tournament, which was inaugurated by Dr Sunny Kurian, chairman of the Dr Sunny Healthcare Group.
Sanu Thomas, basketball coach of The Millennium School Dubai, said the tournament was a fitting tribute to Sabeer.
He said: “It was shocking news for everyone to hear he had died. The teachers couldn’t believe the news and the students got emotional when they heard the news.
“He was a very good player and was part of the U14 basketball team. He loved all types of sport whether it was football or cricket, and he had a real interest in cars.
Hamid Afzal Koya has fond memories of his friend Sabeer: “He shared all that he had with me and that made me feel special on many occasions.”
The hosts’ run in the tournament ended in the semi-finals with a 61-52 loss to Indian High School, while DPS Dubai overcame Our Own High School Al Warqa 51-49 in the other semi-final.
In a close final, Indian High School Dubai edged past DPS Dubai 81-79 to lift the trophy.
Olympians hoping to inspire a new generation of sailors
Abu Dhabi’s Al Muna Primary School received a special visit from two of Greece’s most experienced and decorated sailors.
Between them, Sofia Bekatorou and Konstantinos Trigonis have two Olympic medals (gold and bronze) in their seven Olympic appearances and 11 world championship medals.
The pair spoke to students aged between five and nine about their careers with the aim of promoting sailing in the UAE. “If I can be responsible for making kids go to the sailing club and try the sport then I will feel happy,” said Bekatorou, who participated in the ISAF Sailing World Cup Finals in Abu Dhabi.
She told the students: “The principle is, you start having a dream, you see something and you feel you want to achieve it. You need to use the chances you get in life and create chances for yourself in order to follow your dream.”
Some also tried their hand at sailing at the Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club with some experienced sailors, including Olympic gold medallist Mathew Belcher.
John Craig, head of ISAF World Cup, said: “The primary goal of the Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club is to increase local participation in sailing within Abu Dhabi. With a long term agreement between ISAF and Abu Dhabi to host the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final we hope to inspire many more youngsters.”
DPS Swimmers secured four gold medals, five silver medals and seven bronze medals to top the UAE schools represented at the CSBE Swimming Nations held in India.
Eehita Chhabra was the stand out performer of the weekend winning five medals in total for DPS Sharjah. She clinched two gold medals in the under-19 200m and 400m Individual medley events, and silver medals in the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle categories.
Another Chhabra also stole the headlines. Younger brother Tanish Chhabra competed in the boys under-12 section and claimed three medals – one gold medal, one silver medal and one bronze medal – in the 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 100m freestyle events respectively.
Elsewhere, Aaraditta Sunder Iyer and Gagana M.G won medals in the girl’s under 14 years category.
In the under-14 girls relay, Aaraditta Sunder Iyer and Gagana MG continued their impressive form when they teamed up with Anagha Venugopal and Gouthami Vinod to deliver bronze medals in the 4X100m freestyle relay and 4X100m medley relay respectively.
Meanwhile in the under-12 girls category, Srishti Jacob and Aardhra Sundar secured a bronze medal each in the 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke events.
Three UAE-based schools competed in the recently-concluded F1 in Schools World Finals at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.
And although they missed out on claiming the top prize, students from Fusion F1 (Dubai College), Safire Racing (German International School, Dubai) and Project Speed (Repton College) spoke glowingly of the experience.
More than 200 students from 38 teams around the world descended on Ferrari World as teams designed and raced their specially built F1 cars of the future, powered by compressed air cylinders.
The aim of the competition was to get students interested in science, technology, engineering and maths along with developing an interest in F1.
The finalists demonstrated their communication, team-building and presentation skills in front of judges, who analysed their marketing and business plans.
“The whole experience was thoroughly enjoyable,” said Arjun Dave, co-team manager of Fusion F1, which won the Best International Collaboration Team Award.
“We all found the overall competition to be quite hard.
"It was quite challenging but it was totally worth the effort.
“It felt great to win the award and I am proud of my team.
"Whatever career my team-mates adopt, this experience will help us all.”
Project Speed were rewarded with their efforts with the Team Unity Award – quite impressive given they were the youngest students, all aged just 12 years old.
The team’s teacher, Jonathan Wyn-Roberts, said: “It’s a great programme for the students that involves science, maths, business and marketing.
"So for them to do this when they’re 12 years old can only be a good thing.
“It’s endorsed by the Formula One which will get them interested in the sport and I hope the students have gained a lot from these three days.”
For Dalia Abdelrahman of Safire Racing, the 17 year old is now focused on building a successful career in Formula One.
Abdelrahman said: “I learned that you shouldn’t give up on anything that you do.
"When I got to know more about the competition and be part of it, I started to like F1 itself. After I finish studying marketing, I would like to go into a career in F1.”