Nihar Ameen, the 45-year-old senior head coach from Dolphin Aquatics, Bangalore has been recommended for the Dronacharya Award (Life time achievement category). Ameen is the first coach in swimming sport to be recommended for the award and dedicates the recommendation to the swimming community.
Dronacharya Award is an award presented by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, for excellence in sports coaching. The committee recommended five names for the award, which includes three Lifetime Achievement Awards. Nihar Ameen is one among the three nominated for the most prestigious award and a recognition of highest order for a coach in the country. He was recommended considering his achievements in swimming for over a period of 20 years.
“It has been a long journey and I am happy my hard work has paid off” Ameen shared his delight. Speaking about Indian’s performance at Kazan, he stated that, “the boys performed well to get three B-cut timings for the 2016 Rio Olympics at the World Championships. They have to aim for the A-timings, which assure them of direct qualification for Rio. Swimmers should be sent to exposure trips if they are to perform better in international meets”.
Contribution to Swimming Community:
- He worked as Assistant National Coach, USA, between 1990-1992 and as Head senior Team coach of the FLST (Fort Lauderdale Swim Team), Florida, USA during the same period.
- On his return to India he trained many Olympians, swimmers like Shikha Tandon, Hakimuddin S.H, Nisha Millet, Rehan Poncha, Virdhawal Khade and Sandeep Sejwal are benefited from Nihar Ameen.
- Swimmers coached by him won over 500 National Gold medals and broke 80 National records (junior & senior).
- He has a team of professionally trained coaches and certified Lifeguards assisting
SwimIndia congratulates Nihar Ameen, on being recommended for the most prestigious award and wishes he gives much more top class swimmers to the nation.