26-year-old, Para swimmer Kanchanmala Pande from Amravati competes at the World Para-Swimming Championship from 2nd to 8th December in Mexico
The visually impaired swimmer takes part under the S-11 category and will be participating in the 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley.
Kanchanmala is the only national swimmer who has qualified in the women's category.
- In the 17th National Para Swimming Championship held at Udaipur she clinched three gold medals in 100m Breaststroke, 200m Individual Medley and 100m Backstroke.
- She showed excellent performance at the IDM Berlin Para Swimming Championship, Germany and thus got selected in the Indian squad.
- She represented Maharashtra several times at the national level both in able as well as in the disabled category.
- She has participated in the World Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championships and has travelled across 8 countries.
The people training Kanchanmala in improving her timings are:
- NIS coach Pravin Lamkhade, Shashikant Chande and Vishal Chandurkar
- Fitness trainer Sachin Deshmukh
- Dr Kevin Agrawal, renowned sports physiotherapist.
Schedule of the Kanchanmala’s event:
100m freestyle (Saturday: 2nd December)
100m backstroke (Sunday: 3rd December)
100m breaststroke & 200m IM (Wednesday: 6th December)