Kaustubh Khade in on a journey of a lifetime. He is kayaking 3,000 km across India’s West Coast in order to popularise the sport and also raise money for a good cause.
Kaustubh is unique, in that, he is one of the very few people in India who has taking up kayaking on a professional level. After picking up the sport around eight years ago while on a vacation in Goa, the 29-year-old has racked up some impressive wins on both national and international level.
He has represented India in two Asian Championships and picked up two silver medals and a bronze medal at the Asian Dragon Boat Championship over the years.
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However, despite his impressive sporting career, he is also aware that most Indians are not even aware that such a sport exists in the country. It’s that perception he wants to change.
According to a report in the Livemint, he has been joined by his girlfriend Shanjali Shahi, who is covering the route on her cycle, quite possibly adding more distance than Kaustubh on her wheels. He covers about 30-45 km and she does anywhere between 50-80 km. Together they will travel from Kutch to Kanyakumari.
Along the way, the kayaker also hopes to raise money for Magic Bus, an NGO in Mumbai that works with underprivileged children and adults, equipping them with life skills that will help them overcome marginalisation and oppression. The duo specifically will be raising funds to alleviate children born into poverty.
What’s perhaps even more impressive is that the couple plans on completing the ambitious journey in 100 days.
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