February 11, 2012

Anglo Indians Hockey players meet

If sport grabs your attention, you may want to mark this event in your diary.
On February 17 and 18, the second edition of An Anglo-Indian Hockey Tournament will be hosted at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Hockey Stadium in Egmore.

Taking part in this unique sports event will be Anglo-Indian teams from across India.

Two great hockey stars will be guests at this event. Trevor Vanderputt, former hockey coach and Leslie Claudius, former Olympic champion.

The event has been conceptualised and presented by 'Anglos in the Wind', a community magazine which celebrates the Anglo-Indian community.

Harry MacLure, editor of this mag which has its base in Anna Nagar says that he planned this event to pay tribute to all the Anglo-Indians who dedicated their lives to hockey as well as to revive the waning passion for the game.

Anglo-Indians starred in the top national teams and in the India teams at a time when the country was the reigning champion at the Olympics.

The stories of the players and the games they played even at the city and zonal level are legion and fascinating.

Harry and his team have taken pains to document and publish these stories and the vintage pictures in a special issue.

Harry seems to have been enthused by the response he and his team received for the first edition of this tournament.

There were a dozen Anglo-Indians from abroad who came to this city to be present at the tourney - many had created a name for themselves in this sport. More are expected this time around.

And to give the event that AI special touch, there is a grand dance and dinner after the tourney at a resort in Thirumullaivoyal.

Hopefully, some stars will emerge from this series of tourneys. Hopefully, such an event will encourage more youngsters of this community to pursue their passion.

That a small effort is being made towards this must be acknowledged.

If you wish to support the cause and join the celebration call Harry at 4208 0058.

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