YUVRAJ WALMIKI, 21, Hockey player
On September 11 this year at the Asian Champions Trophy held in China, the Indian hockey team found a new champion—yuvraj Walmiki. It was his goal against Pakistan in the final phase of the match that won India the Asian Champions Trophy. He has been playing professional hockey since 2003 representing the city-based club, Bombay Republican. In 2005, he signed a contract for Bank of India and played in local tournaments. His big break came in 2007 when he was just 17 years old, and was offered a contract by Air India’s Hockey Team coach Warren Lobo. The young striker spent the next two years playing in the German League and went on to be rated as the highest scoring player with 15 goals in nine matches in 2010.
BREAKING BARRIERS Almost 10 years ago, Walmiki was diagnosed with an extra bone in his knee, which made running difficult. However, he didn’t let this handicap affect his game. Coming from extremely humble background, Walmiki’s house in the slums of Marine Lines often had no electricity or water. However, he managed to stay focused on his training under coach Marzaban Patel who runs the Bombay Republican Club. “Focusing on the sport kept me from thinking about my problems,” he says. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
second opinion “His positive attitude to the sport has got him an early opportunity to represent the country” MARZABAN PATEL, COACH, BOMBAY REPUBLICAN CLUB
“My commitment to the game is a tribute to my country”