Here is a master athlete who has managed to win two gold and a silver medal, without any professional training, in her first Master Athletic Meet
According to her coach, she is also a gold medal prospect in hammer throw event in the upcoming international athletic events, including in world master athletic meet
For the last three years, 39-year-old Rekha’s daily routine was to take her daughter for training at the University of Mysore athletic ground (Oval ground). While her daughter was undergoing training, Rekha used to take a stroll around the ground. It is here that she met her old friend Saroja, a former national athlete, who discovered her throwing skills. Saroja later introduced Rekha to coach Ravi, who asked her to practice throwing, including hammer throw, shotput and discuss throw. Within few months, Rekha honed her skills and started showing impressive results in all the three throwing events. Impressed, coach Ravi asked her to take part in the state master athletic meet.
During the state master athletic meet in Bengaluru, she won three medals, including one gold and two bronze. She secured gold in hammer throw and managed bronze in shotput and discuss throw. This performance enabled her to take part in the nationals where she won bronze in hammer throw event. Later, she got selected to represent the country in the throwing events.
In the international meet at Colombo, Rekha won gold in hammer and shotput events and bagged silver in discuss throw, despite suffering from fever and severe cold.
D S Ravi, physical education director, St Philomena’s Degree College, who was the UoM athletic coach earlier, said: “It’s a great achievement for a person with no professional training. It’s only because of her hard work and dedication that she managed to win more than five medals in just one year.”