(With inputs from Babykutty): Perfectly balancing academics and sports, Kerala basketballer Anna Rose Thomas, a school girl from Little Flower Higher Secondary School Koratty, garnered a full series of A+ scores in her SSLC Exams. Little Flower is one of the cradles for school level basketball in the southern state. Thomas, who played more than 30 to 40 tournaments a year and hardly missed any opportunity to represent her school managed to find time for her studies too, scoring the maximum possible 1200 marks out of 1200 in her 12th standard examinations. She wants to pursue medicine as a profession.
Interestingly, this is not the first instance this year of a female basketball player doing well academically. Just last week, newly inducted Team Ekalavyas contributor Devishi Sarda from Kolkata scored 95% in her ICSE examinations. Sarda represents her state of West Bengal in the national basketball championship at the youth and junior level. These girls are excellent role models for other young basketball enthusiasts on how to balance academics and sports.
Thomas hails from Koratty and is the daughter of C P Thomas (LIC officer) and Jaseentha Thomas (Teacher Chalakudy). She started playing basketball at the age of 11 while studying in VIth standard under the guidance of coach Winny Bestine. Bestine is a coach with proven credentials, having tutored international campers India Nelson, Vimmy Varkey etc. in the past. Thomas represented Thrissur District in Sub junior, youth and junior sections and participated in the sub junior nationals in the year 2010. She participated in the under 17 school Nationals in the year 2012 and was the member of National Youth Championship Gold medallist team at Kolkata in the year 2013. She achieved 3rd place in the under 19 School Nationals held in Delhi in 2014.
Thomas is not the only baller in the family. Her only sister Theresa Thomas was a national and university level basketball player. Her younger brother is also an upcoming basketball player having represented Thrissur district at the sub junior (U-13) level.