Hyderabad: It is a poignant story of how a girl, coming from an impoverished background, can hog national limelight with sheer determination, skills and perseverance. A. Nandini Swaero, daughter of a tea-seller, has put Telangana State in an exalted position on the Khelo India 2020 Games canvas at Guwahati with her epoch-making 5.56 metres long jump effort on Saturday.
Nandini is currently studying tenth standard at Telangana Social Welfare Residential Sports School in Narsingi.
As part of her everyday routine, she practices for about six hours to fine-tune her skills in track and field disciplines like running, long jump and hurdles.
Nandini says that her father, Mr. A Yellappa, the only bread-earner in the family, runs a tea stall in Kapra, while her mother is a homemaker. They reside in ECIL.
“I am elated with the gold medal showing as this will spur me on into the future so that I can earn laurels for the State and make my parents proud,” Nandini said.
Recounting her initial days, she says she got enrolled in the sports school as there was no encouragement in the earlier one, where she studied till ninth standard.
Officials from the sports school said that students are given proper coaching after they are put through several disciplines and shifted to the discipline they display a natural talent.
Nandini is not just excelling in sports but is also doing well in her academics with an average 85 percent in all her school tests.
Nandini said that she had her orientation towards sports since her childhood. She has had impressive podium finishes at various inter-school and zonal meets.
Her notable achievements include:
31st South Zone National Junior athletics championship 2019 at Karnataka-heptathlon- gold medal with (New meet record) 5046 points, and 100m hurdles- silver medal (15.15 sec)
17th Federation Cup National Junior Athletics championship 2019 at Tamil Nadu -heptathlon- gold medal 4800 points
35th National Junior Athletics championship-2019 at Guntur: 100m- silver medal (14.47 sec)
65th National School Games Athletics u-17 Age-group at Sangrur-Punjab Event: 100m H -Bronze medal (14.87 sec)