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Jalandhar: Rickshaw­puller’s daughter makes it to judo nationals

Rarely do the fruits of success reward an effort in bountiful measures. When she started playing Judo at SD Phullarwan School, little did she know that she will make it to nationals one day.

punjab Updated: Feb 10, 2017 13:35 IST
Aakanksha N Bhardwaj
Judo players during a training session at SD Phullarwan School in Jalandhar.
Judo players during a training session at SD Phullarwan School in Jalandhar.(HT File Photo)

Rarely do the fruits of success reward an effort in bountiful measures. When she started playing Judo at SD Phullarwan School, little did she know that she will make it to nationals one day.

Sharmila, 11-year-old daughter of a rickshawpuller, has a detailed idea of every rule and tactic that is needed to win the game and will be playing the nationals soon.

She had gone to Sangrur and played state-level U-14 championship on February 8, and received Rs 500 as her prize money. Sharmila’s happiness knew no bounds. “Bohot khush honge mere papa, sabhi ko bataenge mere baare mein,” she said.

Behind this success, there is a lot of hard work that has helped her to reach the national-level. She played the state-level championship in a charitable uniform as the sports department could not provide it.

She comes to school at 6am and practices till she is tired after which she takes a short break and returns to practicing. She, along with other aspirants, stop the practice session at 8am, after the school bell rings, signifying the start of first period.

Her coach SP Rana says that he is proud of being her teacher. He said, “I feel amazed when I see her level of dedication and stamina. It is all because of her hard work and perseverance, that she has achieved this feat. I am hopeful that she will win the nationals as well.”

According to the coach, Sharmila’s focus is always on “Ippon” (a Japanese term used in Judo, which means that the player has achieved the highest score).