Phoenix Gymnastics Academy started 5 years back when Shri. Sudhakar Chavan, now President, Thane Zilla Gymnastics Association had a vision to make Thane City a leading centre of learning rhythmic gymnastics, roped in International Gymnast Ms. Pooja Surve. Pooja is an international gymnast who has represented India at various world championships, world cups, and lately in commonwealth games in 2010. Today she is FIG level 1 International Coach and is also a prestigious Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Awardee. Recently she has been appointed as the official broadcaster and Gymnastic technical expert Star Sports 3 for Rio Olympics 2016.

Today with minimal training facilities in terms of no dedicated training hall, young gymnasts do not get the required amount of practice time. Further, since they practice on the hard floor or simple mats which are not at par with international standards, they are prone to serious hand and leg injuries. When these gymnasts go for international competitions, they find it very difficult to adjust on the international mats used there. Despite all odds and systemic challenges coach Pooja Surve plays all in one role of Administrator, fund­raiser, coach, motivator, strategist, teacher and even as a sister being fondly addressed as “Pooja­tai” by all her students, have earned her over 400 medals representing Thane district and Maharashtra at various state and national level competitions over the last 5 years and now 3 international medals as well. Thane City now on the world map in Rhythmic Gymnastics!!

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