Often players excel on the field but fail to show the same promise in academics. Then there are those who shine in studies but fail to reproduce the same form when they take the field. However, with the changing times, a new breed of sportspersons have emerged, who strike a perfect balance between sports and academics.
They excel both on and off field. They not only return with medals aplenty from sports events but also dismiss oldfashioned notion that a sportsperson cannot be a good student by topping in academics.
Hindustan Times looks at some of the sportspersons from the tricity who have shown that one can strike a perfect balance between sports and studies and excel in both.
In the CBSE Class 12th examinations, which were declared on Monday, these sportspersons from the tricity not only came out with flying colours but have also done well in sports at both national and international arena.
International shooter Yashaswini Singh Deswal, who had the honour of representing the country in the Youth Olympics held last year, secured 93.6 % in humanities. She is a student of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, Chandigarh. Jaspreet Kaur Rishi and Sharika Kaul, international football players from Carmel Convent School, secured 92.6% in medical and 95.75% in commerce respectively.
Sacred Heart-26 girls, Ivy Raina and Soumya Ravi, both international footballers, scored 88.2% (non-medical) and 93.6% (medical), respectively.
“I always wanted to prove to others that a person can do well in sports as well as in studies. And I am happy that I managed to do it,” says Soumiya Ravi, who was the captain of the Indian U-16 girls’ team that took part in AFC Championship in Sri Lanka. She had earlier represented the country in an international event in Jordan.
When asked how despite on the road for most part of the years and having to deal with physical exhaustion, they manage to concentrate on their studies, international footballer Jaspreet Kaur said,
“Rather sports help us in increasing our concentration level and eventually it benefit us in studies.”
For all these sportspersons, there is one matra for success: time management. “I remained busy in various national and international competitions till September.
Every month I had an event. I started studying regularly from October. I did not waste my time,” said Yashaswini, the country’s junior number one 10m air pistol shooter.
“Playing badminton is my passion and my mother told me from the onset that in order to pursue my passion, I will have to get good marks also. So, I have always tried to strike a balance between sports and tudies. There is no gain without pain. One must work hard and keep faith in God,” said shuttler Saniya Sethi.