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Telangana boy an emerging star down under

Asheesh Elete undergoing a training session in Queensland, Australia.– Photo: By Arrangement

Asheesh Elete undergoing a training session in Queensland, Australia.– Photo: By Arrangement  

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elangana boy from ‘down under’ is literally lifting himself into the horizon of success in an area that Indians rarely are adept at. Asheesh Elete, a medical student from Bond University, Queensland with his roots in Nizamabad, is creating a new benchmark in power lifting, a highly popular sport in Australia.

He is all set to participate in the World Open Power Lifting Championships to be held in the USA next June under the Bond University Elite Athlete Programme. He is the first Indian-origin student to have been selected for the championship that is being conducted by the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF). He will compete as a 93-kg lifter in Under-23 class. “My personal goal for this competition is 255-kg squat, 135 bench, 300-kg deadlift to total 690 kg at 93 kg bodyweight, which is quite unique for my age,” he said.

“It takes some stuff to lift that weight,” says Asheesh, who is undergoing a tough training schedule every day. Like many Indians, he showed keen interest in medicine and got enrolled in the prestigious Bond University where he picked up the power lifting skills, thanks to one of the top Australian coaches, Matthew Stewart.

“He was always attracted to something mighty and I am not surprised,” says his father Vinod Elete, a doctor in Sydney. “In fact, he represented his university in Rugby, a game that Indians seldom think of,” says Dr. Vinod, who has been and continues to be a vociferous supporter of Telangana on social media.

Unlike the biceps and triceps that reflect Asheesh’s physique, he is a quite man.

His determination to study medicine picked up after he lost his mother to cancer when he was a child. “But as his mother wished, he never let it affect him,” says Dr. Vinod. In fact, he was very active in supporting the Telangana cause sharing the burden of his father, who was active in TDF Australia.

Given the kind of injuries involved in the sport, he was cautioned by his uncle, Pramod Elete, and grandparents to leave it, but the challenges only further made him tough. “It’s tough competing with native Australians, but I love the challenge,” says Asheesh, who also loves Rugby and his little sister Akshara.



He was always attracted to something mighty and I am

not surprised. In fact, he represented his university in Rugby, a game that few

Indians play

Vinod Elete

Asheesh’s father



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