“Women are the real architects of society” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
There is a belief that the girls are in no way less than the boys and even they can perform better than the boys. Aruna Reddy, an artistic gymnast is the best example of the same belief and hope. Aruna, born on 25 December 1995 has achieved a great feat by becoming the first Indian to clinch a medal at Gymnastics World Cup. Every success story covers up some hidden facts. It is the same case with Aruna’s success which covers up a lot of hard work and moreover getting out of the shock of his father’s sudden death who was her inspiration. As every story is special so let us go through the journey of India’s pride Aruna.
Aruna Reddy was born and brought up in Hyderabad, Telangana along with her elder sister, Pavani Reddy. She was born to Subadhra and Narayana Reddy, a chartered account. It was his father who first saw her immense potential to be a gymnast owing to her flexibility and build. Her father pulled her out of Karate at a very young age of 5 and enrolled her in the Gymnastics under the supervision of coaches, Swarnalatha and Ravinder at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad. Although Aruna did not like Gymnastics much at first, it was his father who kept pushing her saying that she can do wonders in this game. Gradually, Aruna started liking the movements in Gymnastics and then medals poured in as well and rest is history.
Her father died of a heart stroke in 2010. Aruna was somehow lost after her father’s death but then she worked hard to regain her confidence and dedicated his Bronze medal at the Gymnastics World cup to him.
There is no doubt that Aruna Reddy made us all proud after creating history by becoming the first Indian artistic gymnast to win a medal at Gymnastics World Cup, Melbourne in 2018. However, this does not sum up her career. She started her career at 5 in Gymnastics and has represented India in World Championships throughout her career. She has participated in the World Championship in 2013, 2014 and 2017 at Antwerp, Nanning and, Montreal respectively. However, she was not able to go beyond the qualifying rounds. The best thing about Aruna was that she came up more determined every time after every failure. She scored 13.649 average points to win the bronze at the Hisense Arena and was very near to silver medalist Emily Whitehead of Australia who finished with 13.699. Presently, Aruna is being coached by Brij Kishore with whom she won medals at three National Games of India.
Aruna Reddy is one of the best ever female Gymnast India has seen. The hard work, dedication, and simplicity are the key factors of the Aruna’s success. Aruna is aware that most of the Gymnasts retire at an average age of 25 as it becomes difficult to keep the body flexible and that is why she wants to make the most of her potential to win medals for India before 25. With the Commonwealth and Asian games on the board in 2018, we would like to send our good wishes to her so that she can make India proud in Gymnastics.
“Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women”-Maya Angelon
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