UNDEFEATED IN CBSE NE CHAMPIONSHIP SINCE 2010 Speed and team bonding sees EMRS Gangyap girls rule NE inter-school basketball for a decade

Tue, Sep 10, 2019

: Speed of play and players bonding – both intrinsically linked in team sports – have been the hallmark of EMRS Gangyap girls to stamp their invincibility at inter-school level basketball in Northeastern region for a decade.
Since 2010, the EMRS Gangyap girls basketball team have lifted the CBSE Northeastern region basketball championship every year. The 10th title ‘La Decima’ for the Gangyap girls came on Sunday evening at Guwahati taking them to the CBSE national championships again.
Eklavya Residential Model School (EMRS) Gangyap is located in remote West Sikkim under Yuksam-Tashiding constituency. The school enrols boys and girls from the tribal communities residing in West Sikkim and runs classes up to XII.
Speaking with SIKKIM EXPRESS, EMRS Gangyap director and team coach Sidharth Yonzone credits the harmonious bonding among the girls and their speed of play for the astonishing run of victories for a decade.
“For ten years, the girls have managed to maintain the standard constantly even though many students have come and gone after passing out. EMRS Gangyap girls basketball team have always stood out among other teams for their speed and team bonding. We have maintained that speed. The team bonding is strong, our students train and stay together. Our success is due to speed and team bonding,” said Yonzone.
The girls team would be taking part in the CBSE national championship later this year in November second week at Rajasthan. The EMRS Gangyap girls have won the national title two times, 2011 and 2013.
Having first started basketball among the students in a mud court many years ago, Sidharth did not thought of attaining such success.
“When we first started out, we just wanted to have a team of good standard and never thought that we will reach this day. The highest we ever thought was to play tournaments in and around Sikkim and Darjeeling. Even after we started winning the Northeastern championship, we had thought that the victorious run will end after 4-5 years once the senior players pass out from the school. But we are happy to see the juniors and new players are also dedicated to maintain the tradition of our school basketball team,” said Yonzone.
The current squad is completely new as the senior players have completed their class XII education.
“We have mostly young players of the age 13 to 14 years and studying in classes 7 to 9. We want to build on this young squad and carry on for the next 5-6 years,” said Yonzone.
The EMRS Gangyap director thanked the district level board for their support. “We have always been supported by the DC, ADC and senior Welfare officer. They are always happy to help us and without them, things would have been difficult,” he said.
The Basketball Association of Sikkim (BAS) has congratulated the EMRS Gangyap team for their incredible achievement.
“The BAS congratulates the EMRS Gangyap team and extend best wishes to them. We are always ready to help and support them,” said BAS Jigmela Wazilingpa, also the vice president of All North East Basketball Association. He informed that the EMRS basketball team have been regularly winning the State level basketball tournaments in inter-school category organised by the BAS.
Wazilingpa shared that he remains in constant touch with the EMRS Gangyap team coach to learn about the team’s progress and updates about basketball scenario.
The BAS general secretary highlights that discipline was the key for the success of the EMRS Gangyap girls team. “There are many similarly talented basketball players in our State but the EMRS Gangyap team maintains good discipline always. Also, EMRS is a residential school which means they stay together and play basketball throughout the year annually as part of their school curriculum. Other schools practise basketball only when tournaments are coming near. Discipline and yearlong training are the reasons why EMRS Gangyap is doing so well in basketball,” he said.


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