Pravina (second from left) being presented with a cheque by KHS 75’s K. Goonasegaran (left) and Nagayaindran (second from right) with SJK(T)’s principal Bosco.
LITTLE M. Pravina’s winning effort which earned her a gold medal in an international taekwondo championships has made her popular.
The 10-year-old Pravina, a Year Four pupil at SJK(T) Kajang, was in the limelight after winning a gold medal at the South Asia International Invitational taekwondo championships in Madurai, India.
Her gold medal came in the girls flyweight category From nine to 11 years in the sparring event.
A group comprising former students from Kajang High School came to know about Pravina’s excellent performance.
The group – Kajang High School Class of 1975 – had visited Pravina at her home in Cheras. KHS 75 member N. Nagayaindran said they had met Pravina’s parents – K. Murugan and B. Vijayakumari – and decided to assist them financially.
“Murugan is a lorry driver and his wife also works. Both Murugan and Vijayakumari are committed towards Pravina’s taekwondo career. Due to financial issues, they were unable to send her for competitions.
“But for the competition in India, they managed to raise a sum to send Pravina. After coming to know about their situation, we started to spread word in our group and raised RM2,700,’’ said Nagayaindran.
The amount, as requested by SJK(T) principal John Bosco, was handed over to Pravina. Murugan said they were grateful to KHS 75 for their contribution.
“The principal also played a big role in assisting us. Another student’s father had also given us RM500. We have to thank the principal for his assistance,’’ said Murugan.
Pravina, according to her coach R. Selvamuthu, has shown a lot of progress and was committed towards excellence.
“Hopefully, she will not be distracted and be focused on training. That’s very important for a martial arts exponent. Her parents are also supportive. We hope to see her progress in taekwondo. At the same time, we advise her to concentrate on her studies,’’ said Selvamuthu.
Pravina was excited with the accolades and was determined to excel in both studies and taekwondo.
“My aim is to represent Malaysia as a senior. Winning the gold medal in India has given me additional motivation. The support from school and well-wishers has also encouraged me. I will continue to train hard for the next competitions,’’ said Pravina.