“Never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about.” – Winston Churchill
Bhakti Sharma, the 27-year old women from Rajasthan, one of the desert states of India is the 1st Asian and youngest open water swimmer. Starting her swimming at a tender age of 2, she swam all the five oceans of the world. Being awarded the Tenzing Norgay National Award by President of India, Bhakti Sharma is an inspiration to all the Indians who are passionate to achieve their dreams.
Born on 30th Nov 1989 in Udaipur, Rajasthan Bhakti Sharma is a role model and celebrity to the Udaipur people. Bhakti’s mother Leena was a bank employee and her father Chandra SekharSanadhya is a businessman. Her mother who is a former National swimmer takes the sole responsibility for her entry into the swimming sports. Teaching her the basics of swimming when she was 2 and half years old, Leena has played a prominent role throughout her journey.
At the beginning of her journey, Bhakti hardly finds swimming pools in her place for training. After a year or so a school started swimming pool, and from then she used to train in that pool. She participated in several district-level competitions and won several prizes making her mark in her childhood.
In 2006, with the guidance and support of her mother, Bhakti Sharma crossed the English Channel in just 13 hours 55 minutes from Shakespeare Beach Dover, England to Calais, France. She completed this swim along with her mother and her friend Priyanka. From that day, she never looked back. With a strong will and stubborn mind, she started breaking and creating records in the open swimming.
In 2017, she completed the Alcatraz swim in the Pacific Ocean. By winning Gold in the Key West Island in the Atlantic ocean, she became the 1st Asian swimmer to participate in 3 Major American swimming events.In 2010, she became the 2nd and youngest swimmer to swim the four oceans by completing her swim in the Arctic Ocean.
On Jan 10th 2015, Bhakti broke the records of Lynne Cox (USA) and Lewis Pugh(Great Britain) and became the 1st Asian and youngest in the world to swim the Antarctic Ocean. She swam almost 1.4 miles(2.3 km) in 41.14 minutes and with this she swam all the five oceans of the world. With this achievement, she got praised by several people including the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
“Follow your passion, and the passion will lead you to your purpose.” – Oprah
Bhakti Sharma never neglected her studies in the name of her passion and completed her MBA. She also gave several motivational speeches and TEDx talks inspiring people with her story. Despite all the odds she stood strong working for her dream and stole the hearts of millions of Indians. Bhakti is now preparing to enter the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and bag a medal for India.
Everyone should strive hard to achieve ones passion and dreams. Never give up on something you want. It is difficult to wait, but it’s more difficult to regret. So, never quit and keep on moving towards your dreams.
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