The differently abled Raghavendra Anvekar from Belgaum has won the prestigious ‘Eklavya Award’ for the year 2009, the same was declared in Bangalore today.
Raghavendra is a member of Swimmers’ Club Belgaum and Aquarius Swim Club Belgaum and has been training here since 2000. He swims with the help of just his arms as he is polio affected in both his legs. He picked up the lessons very quickly, and started participating in National Meets for Disabled Swimmers from the year 2002 and won the Best Male Swimmer of the Meet in his very first National Competitions. From that day he has not looked back, and has won a total of 42 National Gold medals in National Meets
His English Channel challenge was not completed,but he has successfully completed open water swimming challenges like swimming the 81 Kms. stretch in the River Bhagirathi, at Murshidabad, West Bengal and 38 kms in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Gujarat.
At present he is pursuing his Bachelor in Arts 1styear from RPD College, Belgaum. He comes from a very poor family and has achieved great heights in his swimming career with this dedication and hard work.
International Achievements :
Represented INDIA and participated “22nd INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP” held at Berlin, Germany during 21st May 2008 to 25th May 2008 Won One Gold Medal in 100 mtr. Butter Fly.
Represented INDIA and participated at 2007 IWAS World Games for Physically Handicapped held at Taipei, Taiwan during 9th September to 19th September 2007. Won One Gold Medal Two Silver Medals and Two Bronze Medals.
Represented INDIA and participated at FESPIC Games held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during 25th November to 1st December 2006. Won Two Bronze Medals in 100 Breast Stroke and 50 Butter Fly.
Awarded with a Special Prize in the Inaugural FESPIC Youth Games 2003 held at Hong Kong from 21st December 2003 to 28th December 2003 for securing 3 Silver Medals and 3 Bronze Medals.
Attempted to cross English Channel from England to France (38 k.m.) on 28th July 2008 and retired due to cramps and cold after 2:39 hrs.
Represented INDIA and participated at 2009 IWAS World Games for Physically Handicapped held at Bangalore, India during 22nd November to 2nd December 2009. Won Three Silver Medals and One Bronze Medal.
Participated and won 5 Gold Medals in the 8th National Paralympics Swimming Championship for Disabled held at Pune during 21st December 2007 to 23rd December 2007. Won Bronze Medal in water polo as a Captain of Karnataka Team.
Successfully completed 24th VEER SAVARKAR ALL INDIA OPEN SEA SWIMMING COMPETITON held at Gujarat on 8th April 2006, from Chorwad to Veerawal, a distance of 21 nautical miles (38 Kms.), in the Arabian Sea. Time: – 05:56:05 hrs.
Received “Indradhanushya Sanman” in the year 2006 by the auspicious hands of Brigadier, The Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Center, Belgaum.
Adjudged ‘CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS’ in the 5th National Swimming Championship for Disabled held at Andheri Sports Complex, Mumbai during 2nd October 2004 to 4th October 2004. Bagged Gold Medals in all 5 events.
Has broken his own record by floating continuously for 12 hours on water (Back float) from 7.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. on 05th May 2005. His previous record was 10 hours of floating continuously on 1st.May 2003 from 9.45 a.m. to 7.45 p.m.
Participated and successfully completed 2nd Long Distance Swimming Competition of 10 kms. held in Ganga River, Patna on 12th October 2003.
Participated and won 5 Gold Medals in 9th National Paralympics Swimming Championship held at Karnal, Haryana during 13th November to 16th November 2008.