Nishanth Srinivas hailing from Bengaluru evinced his talent to the world for the first time when he represented India in the World School Games held in Poland during April 2015. The Indian swimmer aspires to be an IPS officer. He clenched the National record at the school games in 2013. Bagged gold medal in school games for 200m breaststroke at Rajkot in 2015.
Your Fitness mantra
A good body shape is made in the kitchen than in the gym. So, a very strict diet plan all around week followed by gym sessions after my swimming practice.
When did you start playing?
I started my swimming career at the age of 6. I was a child suffering from Asthama, so the doctors recommended my parents to put me for this sport. Initially when my father took me to the pool during public batch. I just loved this sport so much that I intended my parents to put me to this sport. From then I went to join the summer camp followed by Regular swim batch.
Are you a Predator or a Buddha when you on field?
Well I am a Buddha .When I am on the field, that is my Pool deck during my competition as many people try to sledge me during the meets just before my event, trying to bring my confidence level down. I tried remaining as calm as possible and I do not react to any negative stuffs happening as that would just spoil my concentration on my event.
Any rituals you follow
A lot of pre-match rituals actually.
I make sure I get blessings from my grandmother who is the eldest in our family followed by a temple visit before the commencement of the first day of the meet. Also, I seek the blessings of my late grandfather who was a great source of inspiration to me.
One teacher you would like to have as your coach
He was the head coach of BAC, currently he is in Dubai. The only one to have picked me up when I fumbled many a times in my life, be it swimming or any other aspect of my life. He inspires everyone every single day because of his passion as a coach towards this sport, his unmatchable energy. One of the strictest and the best coach one can come across in our country.
One race that you are very proud of
The win which I am still very proud of is one from my Senior State Aquatic Championship 2015. Just 3 months before the meet I had a serious back injury. Due to this I was out of practice for all these three months. I just wanted to give a try to my event (200m Breaststroke) which is my main event. I had problems while diving, turning and kicking due to back pain but still I managed to pull of the event by winning a gold and created a New meet record in the event. That was a very proud moment for me.
One loss I would never forget is the one from 2011 Junior nationals held in Bhopal. I was qualified as the third fastest in the heats for the finals. I was amongst the medal prospect in that event but at the end I finished 6th as I got cramps during the third 50m of my race.
Lamest excuse you have ever given to your teacher?
It had been just 3 months after joining the regular batch. It was a government holiday my parents had taken me out and we apparently watched two movies that day. When I came back to the pool, my coach asked me why I wasn’t present on that day for which I went on to answer that I had got Cancer for a day. Well I did not know what cancer was back then. This was probably the lamest excuse I have given to my teacher.
The toughest punishment given to you by your coach
This happens when I come late by some 30 seconds or so to the pool in the morning. I was in Pradeep sir’s batch that time. The punishment was I had to run 100 rounds in a minute and an additional 50 rounds around the periphery of out Pool in a minute again.
Then when I got into the water I had to swim till 11’o clock covering a distance of 11.7kms.
What does it mean to you to represent India?
Representing India is a matter of great pride and honour. It is a dream come true to any athlete born in our country. It comes in with great responsibility to carry the pride of our nation on our shoulders in any international meet.
You have a chance to play another sport. Which one would it be?
Any other sport on the card would be Cricket as I admire this sport since my childhood.
Your ultimate achievement?
I am a person who thinks education is equally important as that of sports. I have a great desire to become an IPS officer after completing my Engineering in Electricals and Electronics.
Area of your game you need to improve?
I think I will have to work in consistency of my stroking action. I am very poor at it. I will have to work on that aspect of the game.
Is sports a natural talent or a skill that is developed?
I believe that one can be a good sportsperson only if they have the passion for it. Sport is a skill that is developed gradually, but it is the intuition that drives the skill.
Perks of being an athlete
The most important attribute you always get when you are an athlete is that the excuse for attendance in the School and college. You can bunk so many classes.
“The greatest achievement in your life is doing
what people say you can’t”
Your favorite opponent?
Each and every event I swim has different opponents. All of them are tough and very strong.
Likith has been my long-time competitor on the field but off the pool we are great friends.
Who had the greatest influence in your life?
My mother is my greatest inspiration and who has influenced in my life. She is a very hard-working person and her life lessons are parallel to none.
Common road blocks that stop athletes from achieving their dreams?
I think money. Lack of money to buy sports stuff can put them back. For example, our swimming knee skin jammer cost around 20,000 to 25,000 which is a huge amount and the number of times that it can be used is only about 5 to 6.
What is your most prized possession?
My VTU swim meet medals I guess, as they are all pure silver medals.