Talasha to train with US’ Longhorn Aquatics
Dempo Goodwill Ambassador Talasha Prabhu’s quest for future excellence in swimming continues as her passion for the sport seems unending.
Despite missing out on a dream Olympic qualification last June, where mere fractions made the difference, the 19-year-old ace Goan swimmer has not deviated from her goal.
Striving to keep her goal for Olympics going, Talasha wants to strengthen her skills in swimming, this time finding a new destination in the West where not many Indians, forget Goans, get a chance of their lifetime to live their dream.
Yes, Talasha’s desire to train with the Longhorn Aquatics, University of Texas in Austin, US has finally met with success.
The said University has officially extended an invitation to Talasha to train with the Senior group for a period of eight months, staring from April-May, 2013. Longhorn Aquatics senior coach Tom Andrew confirmed in a letter last week.
During her US stint, Talasha will be accompanied by her mother, Ms Berna Prabhu.
Breaking the news about his daughter’s invite to Longhorn Aquatics in the US, Talasha’s father, Mr Satish Prabhu while speaking to The Navhind Times on Saturday evening said: “This is great news. Talasha’s request to train at the Longhorn Aquatics in Austin has been accepted. Hope she makes the most of this opportunity.”
In fact, Talasha is in the process of obtaining Visa for US and according to a signed letter by the Swimming Federation of India’s general secretary, Mr Kamlesh Nanavati, the swimmer’s request has been accepted by the Club and that Talasha needs to travel to the US sometime in April-May.
“We recommend Ms Talasha Prabhu to proceed to the US to attend the training programme as the same will benefit her to improve her present performance and will also help her to bring laurels for India,” Mr Nanavati said in his letter.
Talasha has been the ‘Fastest Indian female swimmer’ since 2009 and her selection to travel to US is a shot in the arm for her illustrious swimming career so far, which has been mainly fuelled by the big time sponsorship from the House of Dempo.
“We are indebted to Mr Shrinivas V Dempo as it is only through his generosity and guidance that my daughter Talasha has been able to make progress in swimming and attain the kind of glory she has managed to do so in her favourite sporting discipline,” acknowledged Mr Prabhu. “We are looking forward to Talasha training in the US,” Mr Prabhu added. [NT]