Personal Information

Residence Thalassery, IND

Occupation Athlete

Languages English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil

Higher education Business Administration - St. Joseph's College of Engineering: Chennai, IND

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing in 2004 at school in Chennai, India.

Why this sport? "Initially I chose fencing to get away from classes in school. But when I lost my first competition, I was determined to win."

Club / Team SAI Kerala: Thalassery, IND

Name of coach Sagar Lagu [club], IND; Nicola Zanotti [personal], ITA

Training Regime She spends part of the year training in Livorno, Italy.

Handedness Right

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in individual sabre at the 2017 World Cup event in Reykjavik, Iceland. (espn.in, 03 Jun 2017)

Most influential person in career Her mother. (newindianexpress.com, 19 Sep 2018)

Hero / Idol US fencer Mariel Zagunis. (ibnlive.in.com, 06 May 2013)

Sporting philosophy / motto "Success won't come in a day. You have to be patient and continue to work really hard. More importantly, you must crave and love your sport." (beboldpeople.com, 04 Nov 2016)

Ambitions To win a gold medal at the Olympic Games. (scroll.in, 30 Apr 2018; Facebook page, 06 Jul 2018)

Other information NATIONAL FIRST
In 2017 she became the first Indian fencer to win gold at a World Cup event when she triumphed in individual sabre at an event in Reykjavik, Iceland. (indianexpress.com, 28 May 2017; rediff.com, 28 May 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 09 Jul 2018)

In 2014 she moved to the United States of America to work with coach Edward Korfanty at the Oregon Fencing Alliance. In 2016 she relocated to Livorno, Italy, to work with coach Nicola Zanotti. "The first couple of months were quite difficult. Particularly since few [people] spoke English. Now I'm used to this life. I cook my own food, train and do my own thing." (espn.in, 03 Jun 2017; gofundme.com, 02 Apr 2015)

She was given a black card at her first international tournament, the 2007 World Junior and Cadet Championships in Antalya, Turkey, for turning up three minutes late. "The hotel, the cheapest I could find, was a long way from the venue and I lost time in the commute. To be handed a black card was one of the most devastating moments of my life. My dream had turned into a nightmare. I remember sitting outside the competition hall by myself and crying for hours." (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 29 May 2017; espn.in, 03 Jun 2017)

She has also studied for a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Government Brennen College, Thalassery in India. (Facebook profile, 30 Jun 2018)


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