Poorva Shetye is one of the most talented swimmers in the country and she is busy training for the upcoming World University Games. Despite her tight schedule, she took the time to have a brief chat with us.
I began swimming when I was seven. I started because I had asthma and the doctor suggested swimming. That is when I started and my dad wanted both his daughters to get into some other sport since he was a state champion in table tennis and chess.
I was very scared of the water. I had scratched the coach so much that he did not want to train me again.
I am a breaststroker.
There is a huge difference in training for 10km and 50m. 10km needs a lot of endurance training which includes more than 15km per day in 2 sessions, whereas in 50m we need a lot of power workout sprinting.
In the Commonwealth Games, I qualified for my main event, i.e., breaststroke. It was less competitive when compared to the World Championship. And also before I went for the World Championship, I had met with an accident two days before leaving for Barcelona. Doctors had taken out my stitches so I could not even train for it. It was difficult to move my leg, but I managed to finish 10km sea swimming.
Proudest moment was when I came first in Jaipur Nationals which was unexpected since I was second till the last 90m in 100m breaststroke and covered up in the last 10m and came first and qualified for Commonwealth Games.
We have been training under national coach Pradeep Kumar, one of the best coaches in India. We have been training hard. We just came to Chandigarh for the camp. We hope to train well before leaving for the games.
Yes, we have been training together in Basavanagudi Aquatic Centre for a long time now, so we have a really good bonding amongst us.
The University and especially Shankar sir and Chenraj sir and my coach Pradeep sir have been my backbone for swimming. Without their backing, it would have been impossible for me to reach such a level. I am very lucky to have their support and blessing with me always. Be it attendance, exams, or extra classes, any help and they will try to help me in all possible ways.
Rehan Poncha, since he has achieved so much but never has an ego and is always a down-to-earth person.
I love reading, badminton, and listening to music.
I want to help sports persons financially and help them achieve their dreams. I want to help people who have the potential but cannot support themselves.