The Indian Para Swimmer is ranked No 12th & 1st in the World and National level. His first match where he made the Indian flag fly high was by bagging a medal in IWAS World Games 2009, Bangalore. Wins & failures comes secondary for him, what matters is hard work. He dreams to bring forth the myriad athletes from rural area to lime light one day. He wants to start a swimming academy by himself, to make the unknown known.
Initial hurdles you faced
While swimming, I usually get pain in the right side of the stomach due to lack of know – how about diet. I could not maintain my body weight, I hadn’t known about weight training.
After the incident, I went to meet a dietician he said to take proper diet and maintain the diet, I followed it and maintained my body weight. I went to a gym trainer and I started to do weight training. This way, I resolved the problem.
Perks of being an athlete
Hard work can take you to great heights. Wins and defeats are secondary when it comes to an athlete’s life. I would like to work hard that gives me more happiness.
One habit that you want to break or you have broken?
As an athlete, I will have to follow certain diet to be physically fit enough. But I never used to follow the diet but after a period I started to maintain diet.
What drives you to go for training every day?
I need to achieve medals for my county. It would be the proudest moment in my life. It will wrap up my whole dream that I had. More over my dream would be fulfilled when I achieve it in TOKYO 2020.
One race that you are proud of
Till now I am not satisfied with my performance so waiting for the proud movement.
Which animal best represents you and why?
I think horse would aptly represent me. In swimming, speed does matters a lot so to strike the clock at the earliest can change the race.
Which is more logical to follow – your heart or your head?
I believe head would be more logical. Head tells you when to act, what to do, how to tackle up. If it is something related to my emotional side I would listen to my heart.
If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of another athlete, who would it be?
I would wake up as Sachin Tendulkar and I would go meet the athletes and would try to sort out their problems.
Lamest excuse ever given to your teacher?
When I was not able to push my-self while hard training that time I always tell to my coach that I cannot push myself more than this.
What does it mean to you to represent India?
I must say that I am a very lucky person that I represented India at an International level. It is this Nation that gave me a chance to participate in International tournaments.
Your ultimate achievement?
After starting my swimming academy, I want to train swimmers who have the caliber to win a medal in International tournaments and in Olympics.
How will you want to be known in 10 years from now?
In the near future, I will see myself as a very successful, famous, good disciplined sports person in National & International level.
Best sports movie ever
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag the movie clearly shows how dedicated Milka Singh was, his sincerity, his attitude towards sports and his discipline. I learned how to compete in difficult circumstances from this movie.
My short-term goal is to become a Para-Champion in Paralympics. My long-term goal is to start my own swimming academy.
Your most Embarrassing moment
Unknowingly I had taken a false start in the Rio 2016 Paralympics. That was the most embarrassing moment I had in my life.
One super power you wish you had
I wish that I had the power to freeze time during my race so that I can take over the athletes and win the race.
“Compete with me, with all your efforts”
Your favorite team/club
I like Basavangudi Aquatic Centre of swimming because in this club I learnt more about discipline, attitude towards sports, their training facilities, theirs coaches, I learnt everything which is required not just for swimming but all sports in general.
Greatest Indian athlete of all time?
Sachin Tendulkar is the Greatest Indian athlete that the World has ever witnessed. A journey through his life clearly shows everyone, how an athlete should strive for even if hundreds of reasons are there to pull him/her down.
Do you hold any record?
I am a record holder in all my events in my category from last three years in National championship.
Your Favorite team and the team you hate?
My Favorite team is Mumbai Indians and I don’t like Bangladesh team.