Sydney: For Rajanya "Raj" Shah it is a dream come true: She has made it to the United States women's rowing team for the Sydney Olympics. Coxswain for the rowing team, Rajanya is perhaps the only Indian American to be a member of the US Olympic contingent.
A resident of North Greenbush, New York, Shah has helped the US team to win two consecutive silver medals at the 1998 and 1999 World Championships after the team was placed sixth in the 1997 event. The team also won the Head-of-the-Charles regatta in 1998.
Shah first began rowing at the Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. She then went to Brown University, where she coxed an eight-member team to second-place in the Prince Phillip Challenge Cup at the 1996 Henley Royal regatta. She also led the "Bears" to eight consecutive collegiate varsity titles in 1994 and 1995.
Currently, Shah is working toward a master's degree in physiology from the San Diego State University. After her rowing career ends, Shah plans to attend medical school.
India Abroad News Service