At the age of two, Ranveer Saini was diagnosed with autism. With an attention span of about 20 seconds, he was a hyperactive child but with an inclination towards sports.
His parents recognised this and started his training in golf. Today, Ranveer has won a gold medal at the Asia Pacific Golf Masters (Special Olympics) which was held at Macau, Hong Kong.
A student of Scottish High International School, the 13-year-old is the defending champion as he won the medal for the second time. Thanks to his achievements, he has made his mark in the Limca Book of Records too.
“We were told that golf is a difficult sport and requires sustained physical and mental techniques. He has been training for more than five years and this sport has changed his life. His swing was natural and picked up the techniques fast,” said Kartikay Saini, Ranveer’s father.
Ranveer’s weekly schedule is packed with training sessions that run into 16 hours and coaching session for about four hours. Around nine hours per week are dedicated to his therapies to keep him focused on the game. He watches golf tournaments and also is avid reader of golf magazines.
This time in the tournament he competed with around 119 players from 19 countries. This win has earned him a qualifying ticket for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles.
“He will now start preparing for the tournament in Los Angeles. He will be put on a special diet and attend fitness classes for flexibility. We are also planning to get his swing analysed so that he can further work on it,” added Saini.