For a woman who had never stepped into a boat earlier, Ashwini Anandrao Bhosale has accomplished an unexpected feat. A newbie to water sports, she trained rigorously to emerge as a winner in the national games held in December 2013 in Indore. Impressed with her performance, the Sydney Royal Club in Australia has offered her an annual contract as kayak trainer.
Living the dream: After giving her final college exam, she will be heading for her dream job in Australia’s Sydney Royal Club
Bhosale was encouraged by her college principal and sports teacher to take up kayaking and canoeing as a career. Taking this up as a challenge, she underwent meticulous training in the in the backwaters of Ujjani Dam in Solapur before participating the Indore national games. Her showmanship won her a contract at Sydney Royal Club. After giving her final college exam, she will be heading for her dream job in Australia.
Her exceptional kayaking skill has turned the tide of her fortune. Born into a family of farmers, Bhosale hails from Karjat village in Ahmednagar. She moved to Indapur for education purposes. Not forgetting her humble beginnings, she aspires to start a kayaking club in her village to encourage water sports amongst children from rural areas. “My life has changed due to this sport and I want to change the lives of others too,” she says.
Excited over receiving the offer, Bhosale has decided to complete her MSc degree first so that she can apply for a PhD in Australia. “Dr Chakane has asked me to do my project in a topic related to application of physics laws in water sports like kayaking. Their guidance has enhanced my PhD prospects in Australia,” Bhosale said.
“Arranging money to go to Australia is another challenge for me. But I have strong support from my family,” she added.
Dr Chakane said, “Our village is surrounded with water and hence we have decided to promote water sports amongst our students. Ashwini took up the challenge and has succeeded and made us proud. The college has now purchased six boats worth Rs 1.5 lakh as the part of promotion of water sports in students.”
>> Bhosale was encouraged by her college principal and sports teacher to take up water sports as a career
>> She trained in the backwaters of the Ujjani Dam
Speaking to mid-day, Bhosale said, “I had tried my hand at water sports for the first time and that too in the backwaters of Ujjani Dam which was a very thrilling experience for me. Daily practice sessions for almost eight hours for continuously two months gave me the confidence to participate in university level competitions. This boosted my self-belief in the national games competition held at Indore in December 2013.”