Selvi hailing from Auroville believes that to represent India is like a gift or blessing that was bestowed upon by God. Never has she or her team has gone down when they lost the match, they are happy that they fought with high spirit. The team has showcased their skills and talents in the World Ultimate and Guts Championship in 2016 & Asian Oceanic Ultimate Club Championship in 2017. Now they are all set to represent at the World U24 Ultimate Championships in 2018.
What’s the first thing you do when you get home from tour?
Once I come home from a tour, I would freshen up myself and search for home food which I usually miss when I go for tours. Then I would take a good rest.
If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of another athlete, who would it be?
I wish to wake up in the body of any great athlete who is basically helping out various communities or people in this world. Because what they are doing is absolutely an awesome act. So basically, I would like to wake up in that kind of athlete’s body and experience their happy life by selflessly supporting others and of course, I will enjoy the moment of being so famous too.
One habit that you want to break or you have broken?
I want to break the habit of using my phone a lot. I am so into my phone that every now and then I pick my phone in my hand and see. I have been working on that.
What drives you go for training every day?
The love and the interest over the sport. It has become a part of my life. An athlete never experiences the concept of laziness to wake up or go to the training of his sport.
If You Could Change One Thing About Yourself, What Would It Be?
Basically, I am not a talkative person and don’t get along with others so easily. So if I get a chance to change one thing about myself, I would change myself to be a very confident girl in this society. I am actually in the process of doing it.
One match that you are very proud of.
During one of the frisbee tournaments in India that our team played, I think I remember losing to a team. That I didn’t feel really sad that we lost the game, but was happy and proud that we played our best with the high spirit in the game. Ultimate frisbee is known for its spirit and fair play. So, I was proud that time.
What does it mean to you to represent India?
To represent India is a great honor to me. It’s basically a gift or a blessing that I have got.
Sometimes I think whether it is a dream, but it’s happening for my luck. It’s always a proud moment for a citizen to represent his/her own country. So now I am experiencing that proud and the most exciting moment in my life.
Your ultimate achievement?
My ultimate achievement would be to have the ability to consistently be an athlete with great skills, talents, fitness and so on.
How will you want to be known in 10 years from now?
I wanted to be known as one of the top Indian frisbee athletes the world has ever witnessed.
Area of your game you need to improve?
I need to further improve my confidence level and game sense in the ultimate Frisbee and keep on learning and improving until I play.
Initial hurdles you faced and how did you tackle them?
I have not faced much hurdles in my life or I do not remember anything much. But the hurdle I remember is the difficulty of balancing or being really good at both my studies and ultimate frisbee. Till now I am working a lot to balance these both and I want the two to stay in my life. Because both are parts of my life and the things which I like the same.
Perks of being an athlete
Being an athlete is an enjoyable thing. It brings out the strength not only to our body, it also strengthens our life in all aspects.
Your first match for India
In 2016, I represented our country for the first time in London. I was selected first in Indian women’s team. It was a significant moment for me because I was in the first ever women’s team in India. Also, that journey to London was unforgettable, it was the first time for me to travel outside of India. London was a wonderful place to stay and play our tournament. It was a new experience for me to play against the top women’s teams from different countries. Our Indian women’s team also received a spirit award. That was amazing to experience.
Best sports movie ever. Why?
I like Chak De India. I like that movie because it brings out a great strength from you. This movie is one my inspirational movies. In this movie, whatever the difficulties or the problems were, both the coach and the players faced, they never have sat down or fallen down. They basically worked really hard to overcome those difficulties.
My Short time goal in frisbee is to practice intensely and give my best to the U24 India team in the tournament which will be held in Australia 2018. While my Long-term goal is to achieve the rank of being one of the top 5 best female ultimate players in India.
Life goal is to pursue whatever interests me in achieving a great settlement in my job. This applies for both the short and long-term goals.
What’s on your bucket list?
1.I want to learn as many languages that I can.
2. Stay for some days in a country which has snowfall and want to enjoy that.
3.Want to travel to the adventurous places in this earth.
Your plans & preparations for TOKYO 2020
Wow that will be a great chance if I get to participate in that. If that happens I really work hard in my preparations. I will definitely increase my practicing hours and will work on a lot to improve my playing standard. Also, I will focus a lot on my fitness, which is very important.
“The road to athletic greatness is not marked by perfection
but the skill to tackle the obstacles”
What is the scariest experience you have ever had?
So, one night at 12 am, myself and my friends tried the Ouija board. I was the one who was really curious to do that. Because I haven’t experienced this kind of scary moment. So, I was writing all the alphabets and numbers and etc on the chart. We used a burning candle and a tumbler over the candle.
There were a few experienced people with Ouija board and all. So, myself and two others placed our fingers very lightly on the tumbler and started to deeply welcome the spirit. In the first round, nothing happened. But during the second round when again my friend started to ask questions, the dogs outside started to bark. We all got really scared. Then as the questions were asked, we felt the tumbler moving towards the answers it wanted to indicate us. I was freaked out because none of us were giving pressure on the tumbler we were just slightly touching the tumbler. After that, we all got scared and wanted to end it. We basically sent the spirit by thanking and all. That night I didn’t sleep properly at all, it was the scariest experience that I have gone through so far.
Your most Embarrassing moment
It happened in my school days, during a speech competition. I was all prepared to give a speech on that day. But the moment I stood in front of all other students and teachers I totally forgot what I was going to speak. I was full of nervousness and was having a stage fear too. So, when I started to speak two to three lines, I couldn’t go further. I just stopped and came out of that place. It was really embarrassing moment for me.
One super power you wish you had?
I wish to had a superhuman speed and a superhuman intelligence. So that with the speed I could easily beat the fastest athlete in frisbee. I could be the unbeatable in all the activities related to speed. The super human intelligence would be a great super power in my life to shine really high over the smart human beings in this world. No need of me working really hard to become a super smart person.
Then from my childhood I have been wishing to have this super power of flying. If it happens I would happily fly around this world and experience a lot.
Greatest Indian athlete of all time?
I am not sure of the greatest Indian athlete of all time. But I like MS Dhoni, who is known for his hard working, patience, confidence and so on.
Your World Ranking and National Ranking?
The world ranking of India changes for every tournament. At present world ranking of India is 25th in the ultimate frisbee sport. Our team(Airborne) is being the No.1 frisbee team in India.