Kanchanmala Wins India’s 1st World Para Swimming C'ship Gold

Published on December 09, 2017
A visually impaired Reserve Bank of India employee has brought laurels to India by claiming gold at the World Para-Swimming Championship in Mexico.

Kanchanmala Pande stood first in the 200- meter medley event in the S-11 category.
Pande was the lone female swimmer from India to have qualified for the event. She was selected to represent India in the 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke and 200m individual medley categories.

Path was never easy

All of us are well aware of the hardships faced by para-athletes and people belonging to other sports except for cricket. Sportspersons and athletes do not get enough funds and support and the same happened to Kanchanmala Pande
She wished to participate in Para-Swimming Championships in Germany held in July 2017 she was begging for survival in Berlin due to lack of government money sanctioned for her tour. Despite all these odds, she grabbed a silver medal there that earned her a ticket for the World Championships.

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