Pande a great example of courage and determination
The Para-Swimming Championship in Mexico started on December 2 in which Kanchanmala Pande was the only swimmer from India to have qualified in the event. The visually impaired girl from India was selected to represent the country in the 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke and 200m individual medley categories.
Kanchanmala Pande, a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) employee had won a silver medal at the Para-Swimming Championships in Germany after which she has qualified for the World Championships.
In the S-11 category that held in Mexico on Thursday the 26-year- old swimmer clinched a gold medal in the 200- meter individual medley event and became first Indian to win Gold at the World Para-Swimming Championship.
The Disabled swimmer Kanchanmala Pande created History and brought laurels to the country by performing excellently in a Championship.
In an interview, she said “I had prepared well for the World Championship. I was expecting a good show in Mexico and also a medal. But, securing the top position and a gold medal at a world championship is surprising. I am really very happy. At the same time, I don’t know how to express it in words,”
The journey for the player from Nagpur had never been smooth. In the Para-Swimming Championships that held in Germany in July earlier this year, she didn’t receive the Indian government money sanctioned for her expenses on time. But still while facing the tough time and fighting against all odds she won the silver medal to qualify for the World Championship.
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