RAHUL CHOKSHI, 17, Swimmer
Though this Ahmedabad boy is an extremely shy person, Rahul Chokshi transforms into an aggressive swimmer once he dives into the pool. This national level swimmer’s mother made him attend swimming classes to help build immunity, never dreaming that he would someday win 32 national medals for it.
THE HARD WORK Chokshi who specialises in butterfly says his school, Ahmedabad International School is a great pillar of support as the teachers help him cope with the class 12 syllabus while he participates in tournaments. His day begins at 5 am and his training takes up six hours in a day. So he doesn’t have time to hang out with friends like most teenagers do. “I love to gorge on pizzas but I have to has to stick to a strict diet,” he says. But the reclusive sportsperson doesn’t mind any of it. It is the love of swimming that keeps him ticking.
THE ACHIEVEMENTS Besides having won the state group championship for nine consecutive years, his expertise has won him 124 medals in statelevel championships. His team also won a silver medal in The 54th Malaysian open swimming championship 2011 (freestyle relay). Apart from the 39 state records in Under-17 and Under-19 categories held by him, he has also been adjudged the best swimmer in the 38th Gujarat state junior aquatics championships in 2011. Chokshi also won the Sardar Patel junior award for excellence in sports by the Gujarat government in 2004 when he was 10 and the Rajya Ramatveer award for two consecutive years in 2006 and 2007. Contact: 09898088003
“I am passionate about swimming. When I compete, it is about winning.”
“He is the future hope of Gujarat as well as India to bring laurels to us internationally. He just needs to be this con
sistent throughout. ” VIRENDRA NANAVATI, VICE PRESIDENT, INDIAN OLYMPICS ASSOCIATION AND FORMER SECRETARY OF SWIMMING
FEDERATION OF INDIA