Pune’s speed climber Shreya gets balancing act right with 93% in SSC exams
The 15-year-old resident of Patrakarnagar would train at the Raje Shivaji climbing wall at Shivajinagar in between her classes.pune Updated: Jun 11, 2018 17:24 IST
Shreya Nankar of Symbiosis Secondary School scored 93 per cent in the secondary school certificate (SSC) exam. This is quite a feat as the 15-year-old has been maintaining a perfect balance between academics and her passion for speed climbing.
Nankar has overcome many hurdles to reach the summit. A resident of Patrakarnagar, Nankar would train at the Raje Shivaji climbing wall at Shivajinagar, in between her classes. This led her to win a bronze medal in speed climbing in December 2015 at the Asian Youth Championship in Malaysia, at the age of 13.
Later, in 2016, she won two gold medals at the national-level competition at Bengaluru in lead climbing and bouldering and was awarded the best female athlete of the year 2016. She then went on to win gold and silver medals at the nationals in Indore, the next year. She has represented the country for the last three years in the Asian Youth Championships in Malaysia, Iran, and Singapore. She is preparing for the Asian games and eventually Olympics.
“When the results were declared here on June 8, Shreya was in Delhi, practising her sport. I checked for the results online . We were elated to know her scores and are proud of her,” said her father, Sanjay Nankar.
“After the results were declared, she had to compete with senior established players in open category to qualify to represent India in the Asian Games. She practised every day for two to three hours between February 29 and March 23 and appeared for the exams also,” he added.The wall climbing sport is becoming a part of the Asian Games for the first time this year and Shreya has been selected for the same.
Shreya is training in Delhi and will get to see her parents only by month end, when she will be visiting Srinagar for the nationals.