dhimar: MP rower Kaveri Dhimar wins bronze at the Asian Championships | Bhopal News

Bhopal: Living up to expectations, Kaveri Dhimar, who once rowed a boat with her sisters to fish in the backwaters of the dam to pay off their father’s debt, won a bronze medal at the Asian sprint championship on Sunday by canoe in Pattayya-Rayong, Thailand. MP watersports academy player Dhimar, who is also India’s top canoeist, won the bronze medal in the women’s C-4 200m category. Para-canoe, Prachi Yadav from the academy won a gold medal in para-canoe VL2-200m.
Spotted during a sports talent hunt in 2017 and groomed at the MP Water Sports Academy, the workman’s daughter has proven her tenacity and determination at every opportunity. In the C—4 category, the other three players were also from the MP water sports academy – Shivani Verma, Namita Chandel and Anjali Vashisht.
Kaveri told TOI that she is doing her best to keep winning medals for the country. “It was a tough competition, but me and my other teammates were determined to win the medal. I’m happy that in the end we won a medal for the country,” said Dhimar.
In a sport where being tall is considered a big advantage, little Kaveri has proven she can row against the tide. “It has always been my dream to see the Indian tricolor flying high in world canoe waters,” Kaveri added.
Kaveri’s family lives in Mandi village in Sehore district, about 40 km from Bhopal. Kaveri is fifth among seven sisters and two younger brothers. “My family never had land. We come from a fishing community and our parents relied on fishing to support the family,” she said.
“Before joining the academy in 2017, my father had to pay off a debt of Rs 45,000. My sisters and I helped by fishing and we finally managed to pay off his debt,” Kaveri said.

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