`We need to develop the right attitude towards sports'
BANGALORE: She became a national champion at 12, the youngest ever to win that accolade in aquatics and till her retirement early this year, the 25-year-old Nisha Millet for well over a decade dominated the Indian swimming scene.
Now an established coach, Nisha Millet can certainly articulate her views in a candid manner.
She held the sway at the felicitation function organised by Rotary Mid Town at Hotel Regalis here on Friday. The function, which saw Rotarians honouring the Olympian and Arjun Award-winner, turned out to be an engrossing inter-active session between the ace swimmer and the audience.
The Rotarians were in full strength so was an young crowd in the age group seven to 21, who had a freewheeling discussion with Nisha and sought her advice about their career. Nisha made a strong pitch for the support of swimming and swimmers in general. She identified a few young swimmers, who needed crucial support. "I was happy with the response and many Rotarians said that they would like to help in their own way and that itself was encouraging sign," she said.
Nisha, who had represented country in the Olympics at Sydney in 2000, besides the World Championship, Asian Games and Asian Championship, spoke at length on the need to develop right attitude towards sports.
Later, the interactive session that followed her address proved to be illuminating.
Several children wanted to know how they could take up swimming and few wished to learn how they balance their studies and interest in sports while the elders at the meet asked her a few questions relating to hydrotherapy.