Nurturing young talents and inducting them into the elite group of armed forces is a win-win proposition for Hyderabad Yatch Club and parents of the two students from Hyderabad slum, aged 20 and 21, who struggled in the early stages of training, are now officially became sailors in Indian Navy.

The Yacht Club of Hyderabad (YCH) has inducted two economically backward students belonging to Hyderabad into the Indian Navy.

The two students, Erra Durga Prasad, aged 20, and Gowtham Kankatla, aged 21, who grew up in Rasoolpura slum and struggled in the early stages of their training, are now officially sailors.

Their training got completed in Odisha and they received their first posting in Mumbai

Prasad’s father works at a xerox shop, while his mother works as a janitor at a motorbike showroom.
Gowtham’s father, on the other hand, died due to liver cirrhosis in 2007, after which his mother engaged in odd jobs to look after the family.

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His mother also said that her son joined the YCH when he was only 10 years old, and also that his success was quite a pleasant surprise for her and the whole family.

“I had never agreed to his demand first because he was just a kid. He came to me asking that he wants to do dangerous stuff in the waters. We never expected that he would get through. But Gowtham surprised us all,” she told #KhabarLive.

Prasad successfully attempted to get enlisted for junior fleet of the Navy in 2016. Five years later, he made it to the senior fleet.

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When #KhabarLive talked to the founder and coach of the Hyderabad Yatch Club, Suheim Sheikh is extremely proud of the boys. He said, “We’ve been training kids for about 10 years now. We have trained about 1,000 of them so far. Getting four of our boys selected when only eight were chosen out of hundreds of applicants is very satisfying. Once they pass their class 10 boards, they will be inducted into the Armed forces directly. This is a clear indication that our training and systems are well established. Dignity Through Sports is our motto and this is surely another step in exactly that direction.” #KhabarLive #hydnews

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