For most of us, sailing is considered to be a hobby, something which we might do when we’re on a vacation and love water. But, there are people who are really passionate about it and choose it as their career. One of them is Nethra Kumanan, a Chennai-based sailor who made our country proud by bagging a Bronze Medal at the World Sailing Championship held in Miami this January.
By doing so, she became the first Indian woman to ever achieve a medal at the Sailing Championships. She was behind Erika Reineke of the USA and Vasilieia Karachaliou of Greece, who claimed the Gold and Silver medals respectively. As a representative of the nation in the 2014 and 2018 Asian Games, she shared that a calm temperament was the determining factor between her performance in the 2018 Asian Games and the World Championships this year.
“At the Asian Games, I was under a lot of pressure to get a spot for the Olympics. A lot of it was self-inflicted and so I failed there. I think this year I am trying to be more consistent with training and always will work towards the big goal of the Olympics,” Nethra told Times of India.
Psychologist Mon Brokman trained her at the Canary Islands in Spain to compete for the World Cup. This ensured her peace of mind before the event came calling. She also said that she didn’t realize that she had won a medal until a fellow sailor informed her!
On her further plans, she will be planning to compete at the Abu Dhabi Asian Sailing Championships held from 15th March. A top-two finish will ensure her seat in the Tokyo Olympics, which is every athlete’s dream!
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