Harshita’s superb journey from Hoshangabad to Asian Games

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Sep 2018 10:19:52




By Shaily Acharya

SINCE childhood boats and rafts sailing on river Narmada of Hoshangabad used to attract attention of Harshita Tomar. As she grew up, her passion towards sailing and swimming increased by leaps and bounds. She initially started her career as a swimmer but destiny turned her into a sailor and now she earned name and fame after winning a bronze medal in sailing in Asian Games, Jakarta.
Harshita Tomar’s journey from Hoshangabad to Bhopal and till the glory of Asian Games has been mesmerising and is marked with hardwork and dedication. While chasing her passion, Harshita landed in National Sailing School, Bhopal, and here she had gruelling training session under watchful eyes of her trainer. She honed up her skills with hardwork and commitment in last five years.

Harshita had to compromise on her studies to some extent in order to prepare for Asian Games which sees participation from different countries. After winning bronze in sailing and returning home, now she is thinking to focus on High School Board examination. Very few are aware of the fact that Harshita is also a swimmer and she started learning swimming when she was just three-year-old. She used to swim in Narmada river. She has won around 150 medals in national-level swimming competitions from 2003 to 2013.

Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Harshita’s elated father said, “My daughter has made the country proud. I and her mother never said ‘No’ to her for anything. We never clipped her wings. We shifted to Bhopal from Hoshangabad to let her fulfill her dream. She used to be a swimmer but when I admitted her to Madhya Pradesh Sports Academy, officials and coaches observed her as a better sailor than a swimmer under ‘Talent Search’. She has won around 150 medals in 13 years from 2003 to 2013. She has also been an international achiever since 2014 to 2018.”

Harshita’s mother Rani Tomar, a woman constable at CBI,
Bhopal, said, “Harshita always had our support as a family. Her coaches have also worked hard on her so that she could deliver her best in Asian Games.”

Sharing her experience of Asian Games, Bronze medalist Harshita Tomar told ‘The Hitavada’ that, “Initially, I was scared of failure as I lagged behind in races. But because of motivation by my three coaches G L Yadav, P Madhu and Anil Sharma, I succeeded and am glad I could make them proud. They kept me motivating. Now, I firmly believe in ‘Never Give Up’ attitude. One should never be scared of hurdles, rather the hurdles should be scared of our willpower.” Harshita was in full praise for Madhya Pradesh Sports Department for providing class facilities and good training. When asked how tough it is for girls to take part in sailing games, she replied, “In sports like sailing, balance of brain and body make a difference. Basically, it is a game of brain where a sailor has to stay focused. Two boys were ahead of me as it was the first time when boys and girls both raced against each other as per new rules. But for me bagging a bronze medal is similar to achieving gold. Asian Games was first step in my career. Now, I will prepare and train even harder for Olympics.”