It was in my 8th grade as a fat kid that I got laughed at. There was to be a cross country race for districts that I decided I would participate in. I practiced post school and in the early mornings despite the fact that animals lurked in the forest where my house was located at the time. Unbelievably, my practice paid off, I won the race. I got selected for coaching camp for the state meet and I won individuals for Karnataka, being the first for my school. For the first time, Team Karnataka won a bronze in women 4*100 relay nationals. It was a moment of pride indeed!
Due to an ardent stress to pursue my education and forget sport, I was put in a college with no athletic tracks. I took the opportunity to start a college athletics team, called ourselves "No playground athletes" and ran about in football court, sometimes working out on the basketball bleachers and sometimes even in the throw ball court! Some of us got selected for All India Athletics meet and running besides legends like Tintu Luka etc was a fortunate situation.
Besides this, seeing a few good players in Handball, Hockey despite having no proper grounds, courts to play, a team was formed for both sports and we went on to become university winners. When my dad showed his Men's Hockey cup for zonal level under his captaincy in a university, I took a vow to get a women's cup as well. And it all paid off! Now our university Officially has a hockey, handball and athletics team and all sure for sport. I suffered from the drawbacks of a ligament tear for a year but that did not stop me from realising my dreams to pursue my sport passionately!
Very soon recovering from a ligament tear, being 3rd in TCS 10k for Decathlon, this is a start and I aim to make a strong running community in Koramangala, Bangalore!