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ROWING 15-year-old Anshul Madappa talks about his career

Anshul Madappa - the young rower is looked at as a hero among the Karnataka Amateur Rowing Association (KARA) members, so much that they convinced the champion’s father to name a shamiana as the ‘Anshul’ stand.

Anshul is KARA’s teenage boy-wonder and has clinched two gold medals in the recently concluded 16th National sub-junior rowing championship. With a bronze in the 14th Nationals, and silver in the next edition, nothing less than a gold was expected here at this year’s event. The 15-year-old did win gold, and by a distance. In a conversation with The Hindu , Anshul and his parents - K.A. Madappa, a businessman and Shabari Madappa, a HR consultant – talked about his journey.

Anshul took up rowing at the age of 13 and was inspired by his cousin, who had won a medal for Tamil Nadu. In the same year, Anshul won a bronze medal in Kolkata. He went on to win silver the next year in Kodaikanal, and finally two gold medals (single scull and double scull) this year. The father- son pair was all praise for the Karnataka State Rowing Association (KARA), for their support and commitment.

They credited head coach, R.K. Pillai as the force behind Anshul’s great performance. “The practice sessions were very intense, and lasted the entire summer break. The endurance building exercises was vital for performance in the sport.”

Anshul’s success has also driven his younger brother, Dhruv, to take up rowing. The family is also thankful to the support rendered by Anshul’s school, Vidya Niketan. His mother says, “The school played a major role in encouraging him. They helped him balance studies and sports.”


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