Naveen Howie has become the new sporting champion sensation in Chennai. The 42 year old entrepreneur has won three gold medals, one each in Shotput, Javelin and Discus in the 40 + men’s category in the Asia Pacific Masters Games held in South Korea earlier this month. Masters events are for those above 30.
It all began with the father of two children training his older son Ayden in shotput for his school sports day in June last year when Roda Krishnan, an Asian Champion herself in the 65 + category noticed his technique and encouraged him to enrol with the federation.
It took months of fitness, training and hard work for Naveen, under his Coach Lakshmi Narayana. He had first participated in the District Meet. Naveen told tellmystory,in “Daily I shuttled between the gym, Nehru Stadium and Santhome Grounds to train under my coaches. While Mr Lakshmi Narayana made an exception to take me under the masters category, later Mr Derek Hudson from Santhome literally adopted me into their Throwers Club”. He added “Ajit Sigamani from Arc at VR Mall put me on bio mechanics and power drills. He made me realise how unfit I was”.
Naveen plans to build on these accomplishments and take wings. “I’m working to participate in the 35th Malaysian International Open Masters Athletics Championship in September and the 22nd Asian Masters Athletic Championships in Philippines in November” he shared.
While Naveen is being seen as an inspiration he says “It’s a message that anything is possible. The older people think they can’t do any competitive sports. This is the message”.
This victory was also an emotional moment for Naveen. He says “In 2021 my dad passed away. He had said Let them remember our name Howie. I didn’t know how, but I knew I’ll figure it out along the way”. Elated, his mother Martha Howie Solomon says “When Naveen was in college he was selected to go to Coimbatore for Discus and Shotput. His father was always very sure that one day he would get the championship. I must say that he has written a touching tribute for his father”. Ruth Bennett, their family friend is happy. She said “We are all proud of Naveen and his achievements”.