Hall of fame

VVS Laxman

When a lean tall and modest boy walked into the corridors joined science group at St. Mary’s Junior college Himayat Nagar, little did we know that he would go on to become an Indian cricketer and bring laurels to the nation with his remarkable batting deeds.

A good and well-behaved student, he earned the respect of his peers and teachers with his dignified and respectful behaviour. Despite his tight cricketing schedule of practices, leagues and tournaments, he used to make it a point to attend college when he could. This allowed the college teachers and peers to have the rare privilege of being in his presence.

His sterling deeds and stylish batsmanship across the cricketing world, has earned him the title of ‘Very Very Special’, ungrudging admiration of his team mates and opponents and immense love of his innumerable fans across the world.

The whole nation is proud of Laxman and WE ARE MORE PROUD.

PULLELA GOPICHAND

Another worthy student of St. Mary’s who has done India proud. Humble, dignified and courteous, he was a remarkable student, friendly with colleagues and respectful towards teachers. An above average student, he had a decent academic record during his sojourn at St. Mary’s

It was his skills at Badminton that was the talk at St. Mary’s during his student days.He has several notable achievements to his credit:

  • Won the All- England Open Badminton Championship in 2001 defeating Chen Hong of China in the finals
  • Was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for the year 2000-2001
  • Was awarded the Padma Shri in 2005
  • Was a four time National Champion and SAARC award winner

ARUN

Arun, a commerce graduate had his baptism in shooting in one of the world’s best locales, African jungles. Hailing from a family of rifle shooters, Arun first tried his hand at shooting when he was seven. Although Arun picked up the techniques quite quickly, he entered the competition arena only two years ago and picked up gold in his very first major event. His first place finish in the 3 prone 50 metres event and third place in 22 prone 50 metres at the 2002 State championship showed the depth of his talent.

At the recent state championship, he picked up four gold medals, with a state record to boot in air rifle, (363 out of 400), 50 metres. 22 peep sight event, 50 metres 3 prone and 22 peep sight prone.

From a casual Shikari who used to accompany his legal guardian, Raja Mahendergir Dhanraj Gir, in the Namibian jungles to a renowned and passionate shooter, he has come a long way. Today, at 19 years of age, he is one of the finest sharp shooters with a bright future.

When asked about his preference for air rifle shooting, he said that air rifle is a very challenging sport that provides more competition opportunities since it can held on easily constructed ranges. Also, the equipment is commonly available at affordable cost. An ardent fan of Gagan Narang, his immediate goal is to win a medal at the Nationals to be held at Coimbatore in September, 2007, hit 10 out of 10 times and matches his idol’s stature.