Riddhi Bohra the swimmer says what drives her more to the training is the smell of chlorine. In her whole carrier she got hold of more than 150 medals. Ranked as No.32 for 100mts breaststroke at the Junior World ranking. Holds the No.1 position in 100 breaststroke at the Junior National ranking. Has added so many laureals to the list of her achievement and is still striving for more.
What’s the first thing you do when you get home from tour?
I will obviously be tired from getting back from tournament so to have a good sounded sleep is the first thing that I would do when I get back from tournament.
If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of another athlete, who would it be?
It would be Roger Federer, I would want to know how it feel like to be a 19 time grand slam title holder!
One habit that you want to break?
When I am really exhausted I will give up easily. I won’t stay there and fight, so that habit of mine must be something that I will have to overcome.
What drives you to go for training every day?
I believe it is the fragrance of chlorine that drives me more to the pool. I think it’s just the love for the sport and I am very determined towards it!
Any rituals you follow
Not ritual, but yes I do pray to God that he showers all his blessings up on me so that I can put my 100 percent. Also, I talk to my coach before and after the race.
One race that you are very proud of?
Winning medals for the country at the South Asian Aquatic Championship in 2016. That moment to achieve something for your country is the best feeling that an athlete can achieve in their life.
What does it mean to you to represent India?
Representing the country is the greatest pride anyone can carry. It is the proudest feeling because those moments are irreplaceable.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
One thing I always wanted to change in me is to Stop being fat. As an athlete I will have to follow proper diet and maintain my physique. I need to be more strong and stop feeling pity on myself, at times.
What is your practice routine like?
From Tuesday to Saturday, Morning I practice from 5:30-8am. For the evening I practice from 4:30-7:30pm and gym 3-4. On Sunday from 4:30-7pm.
Your ultimate achievement?
My only achievement is to be satisfied with whatever I am doing and keep my parents proud.
How will you want to be known in 10 years from now?
A vegetarian who never gave up and who has won laurels for the country!
Area of your game you need to improve?
I truly believe that I will have to work on my strokes. Because that does matters a lot. I will have to give more pressure on breast stroke.
Initial hurdles you faced?
For about two and a half years I had lower back pain and I had been to more than 10 doctors. After which I met my gym trainer and he helped me with strengthening and conditioning it!
Perks of being an athlete
Managing things. Right from managing to scoreing and performing well in an exam or competition, we need to manage everything! We can eat how much ever we want when we are training under intense trainer we will burn it anyways.
Your first match for India?
It was a feeling I wanted to cherish ever since I entered competitive swimming. I was nervous and excited about how it is all going to take place and how I would showcase my talent in swimming.
What are your secret skills?
I can speak well and convince people. Also I can motivate people to do better.
Best sports movie ever?
Chak de India, it talks about how if women are given a chance they can prove their capabilities and also shows the importance of a coach in an athlete’s life.
“It is okay if you knock me down, I will get up stronger”
I don’t keep any goals, I feel if I keep any goals and I am not able to fulfill it, it takes a lot to get out of that disappointment. My only goals are to give my 100% in whatever I do and be satisfied with it.
What’s on your bucket list?
Make my parents proud and being satisfied with what I am doing and not regret anything even if it is wrong.
Your plans & preparations for TOKYO 2020
I will just give more than what I can do. I will push myself to the greatest extent to train harder and give
One super power you wish you had?
Not a superpower but I would wish to have Doraemon’s ‘Anywhere door’! I would travel around the globe.