Chandramma K, a 14-year-old student of Bengaluru, has defied all odds and bagged several gold medals in athletics at various inter-school competitions over the last few years. From being found on the streets of the city, to winning laurels – the teenager has come a long way.
With no formal training like her competitors had, Chandramma came first in the 100 metre dash at ‘GAIL- The Fastest Indian’ event in 2014.
She also secured first place in 100 metre and 200 metre sprints organised at the taluk level in 2015-16.
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But her journey to success has not been an easy one. She was only seven when Chandramma and her younger brother were rescued from the streets of Bengaluru. They were picked up by the police for beggary and were taken to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC). Their parents told the authorities that they would come to take the children, but they never did.
The siblings were sent to Annapoorna Charitable Trust in Jnana Ganga Nagar. The trust took care of their education and they were enrolled in Balya Vidya Mandir. A student of Class 7, Chandramma can now read and write in Kannada and English. She has also learned the basics of computers. Besides running, she is a skilled player of kabaddi and kho-kho and has won various high jump and long jump competitions.
While she does not get a chance to train every day, Chandramma ensures that she practices for about a month before any major competition.