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CTH Story of Raghavendra Anvekar
Raghavendra Anvekar was selected to be in the Indian team of swimmers for the 16th Asian Para Games-2010,that took at Guangzhou in China in December.Raghavendra has won 18 international medals and 43 gold medals at national-level competitions, besides three silver and one bronze medals he got at the IXth IWAS World Games for Physically Handicapped held at Bangalore last year. The Karnataka Government honoured him with Eklavya Award in recognition of talent and contribution in the field of sports last year.
You wanted to cross the English Channel...So did the government agencies help you in this great endeavor of yours?
Madam with a great courage I attempted to cross the great English Channel but due to severe pains from the cold I had to retire from the attempt after 2 hours 39 minute. I have not received any financial help from the government. But the local Public of Belgaum have supported me and some private companies
How did you feel when you first got your gold medal at an international competition?
When I got my first international Gold medal at Taipei, TAIWAN in 2007. I felt very happy, my eyes were full of tears watching our proud tricolor moving up. I saluted to the flag and remember my parents, swim coaches and my supporters.
What other sports you like to take part in?
I like Tri-cycling & water pool
Do you ever feel depressed because of your physical conditions?
Yes, before joining Swimming I was feeling depressed but swimming taught me to take every hurdles as a Challenge.
How did your family members support you when you expressed your desire to choose swimming and take part in international events?
My family members were not keen in sending me to learn swimming, but I had in my mind to learn this beautiful game.I learnt swimming in just 6 hours, this helped me to get the support from my family.
What message you would like to give to the persons with disability?
The disability is in the mind, don’t ever get nervous about your disability you can do anything you like as a normal person. Believe in yourself and just say ”YES, I CAN”
What is your idea of a perfect life?
Work hard and create a history and be a example before others.
What do you think about Cross the Hurdles?
You can win
Craziest thing that you have ever done in your life
12 hours floating on water
Most Valuable thing that you have purchased till now
If you are marooned on an island what 5 things you would like to keep with you
Warm, dry fruits, swimming, my parents, camera
Any thing in rice
Your biggest strength
My coaches and my coaches
If you take birth again, who would you like to be born as
The thing(s) that you hate
Person who tell lies
The first thing you do right after awaking up in the morning
Pray to God to me more strength to work for my nation
The last thing you before falling asleep in the night
Thank God for giving me another day
You prefer sons or daughters
Both, they are God's gift
Oft-repeated word/sentence by you
To good things continuously
If world is going to be destroyed in next 5 minutes. What would you do during this time
I will thank God for giving me birth on this beautiful soil of India
What will be your resolution on the new year
To practice hard and get selected for 2012 Paralympics
The best gift that somebody can offer to you
Your bedroom take fire what would you rescue at first
MY merit certificates
The town/country that you want to visit
Australia and America
If you can meet one person of your choice, dead or alive, known or not, who would this be