Suraj Narredu receiving the 'Young Achiever Award' from Mr.Prakash Padukone
Bangalore-based champion jockey, Suraj Narredu was recently honoured with the ‘Young Achiever Award’ for the year 2010. This state-recognised award was instituted by the Brigade Group and Rotary Club of Bangalore Mid-Town in the year 2006 and is exclusively meant for the residents of the state of Karnataka. The purpose of this award is to appreciate and encourage the achievement of the younger generation from different areas of endeavour and also in recognition of the proven and demonstrable achievement of an individual or a team between the age group of 18 to 28 years.
Twenty-Five-year-old Suraj Narredu, hails from a family of renowned jockeys, Satish and Malesh Narredu. Both these jockeys have ridden well over the 1,000 figure mark in their career. However, Suraj is the youngest jockey to achieve this unique record of winning 1,000 races and also has the distinction of being the fastest to reach the milestone!
A product of the Bangalore Amateur Riding Institute, Suraj has shown remarkable riding talent right from his early days. He has also represented India at the International Jockey Challenge held during November 2009, at Mauritius. He won the Champion Jockey Award in the ‘Rising Star’ category during that convention, impressing one and all as he waved the Indian tricolour with pride. Suraj was also adjudged the 1st runner-up of the Champion Jockey Award by the Turf Authorities of India, for the year 2009-10.
Suraj Narredu’s achievement was duly recognized and the ‘Young Achiever Award’ was conferred upon him in the sports category. The award carries a meritorious citation, a trophy and a purse of Rs 50,000. The award was given away by world-renowned badminton star, Prakash Padukone, at a glittering function in Bangalore, on Saturday, 20th November 2010.