This medal-winning athlete from Chennai re-enters sports activities after 20 years, hoping to encourage his sons

Naveen wearing his medals and holding the Indian flag

Naveen carrying his medals and holding the Indian flag

Every time athlete and entrepreneur Percival Naveen Howie enters the sector, he enters with a craving to encourage his sons. So, when he picked up the shot put on the 2023 Asia Pacific Grasp’s meet in South Korea between Could 12 and 20, he took with him his craving, and the phrases of his father who needed folks to recollect his son’s title. Within the course of, Naveen clinched three gold medals in shotput, discus and javelin throw.

An abiding reminiscence from Naveen’s childhood is the moments he spent coaching along with his father, who was there for him like an anchor. “I needed to be there for my children in the identical manner and provides them comparable core reminiscences,” says Naveen. “I was a nationwide thrower at school and faculty however after that, life occurred, work occurred and most significantly excuses occurred,” provides the athlete. 

Naveen posing with his counterparts from different countries.

Naveen posing along with his counterparts from completely different international locations.

Naveen’s return to athletics is sort of a web page from a narrative. Like some other day, the athlete he was coaching his eldest son at a company park in Nungambakkam, forward of his sports activities day. “I didn’t have a shot put so I picked up a heavy rock and was exhibiting him how one can throw,” he says.

This was when Naveen was noticed by Roda Krishnan, an Asia Pacific Masters gold medal-winning athlete within the 65+ class. Seeing his talent and approach, Roda inspired Naveen to enrol within the Masters Athletic Federation (MAFI). The physique is chargeable for holding aggressive multi-sport occasions for people of all talents. With principally self-financed athletes, the minimal age for competing is between 25 and -35, and may go as much as 100.

A moment from the discus throw event

A second from the discus throw occasion

At present, Naveen is getting ready for the Malaysian Worldwide Open Masters Athletics Championship in September which can improve his competitors, as there are 35 collaborating international locations. On the Asia Pacific meet in Iksan, South Korea, he competed with 25 international locations. On qualifying the Malaysian Open, Naveen says he’ll play within the extraordinarily aggressive Asian Open and the World Championships. Nonetheless, what precedes the athlete is the definition defying zeal and grit he has exhibited in overcoming his limitations and realising his imaginative and prescient for his children and others alike.  

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