Arjuna Awardee and ace sprinter, Hima Das needs no introduction. She has won medals after medals for India in several championships and has become a home name and inspiration for many people in the country. A small-town girl with a huge interest in sports and a hope that she will do something in sports in this life is a World Class Champion now.
In a recent interview with a Mumbai based blog Humans of Bombay, Hima said that her parents always told her to make the best of what she had. With this attitude, she ended up moulding her goal – to represent the country.
Hima hails from Dhing, a town in Nagaon district and she has been nicknamed as Dhing Express after she won the IAAF World U20 Championships.
She further had said in the interview, “We live in a joint family and as money was a constraint I couldn’t afford shoes or a playground where I could practice football, my favourite sport. I used to practice in the muddy fields and once my P.T. teacher saw me running and he was impressed at how fast I ran and he asked me to participate in the inter-district athletics championship.”
“I participated in the championships and ended up winning it. There I was noticed by two coaches who asked me to join their camp in Assam. I was just 17 and didn’t how to manage all alone but my father pushed me to accept all the challenges to achieve my goal to represent the country one day,” said Hima.
Hima has also mentioned in the interview that in the camp she used to wake up before dawn and train for a few hours and then in the evening she would train again. During the rigorous training sessions, she used to miss home but she had to go through it to achieve her goals. She went on to represent India at the Asian games and at the IAAF World U20 Championships where she was the first Indian to win a gold medal.
“Life was changing so much, and so fast. I still remember, when it was declared that I’d be representing India at the Commonwealth Games — and I called my parents to tell them. They didn’t know what it was, but they were so happy and excited to watch me on T.V!,” said Hima.
Hima was conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award in the year 2018 and since then she has come a long way. Earlier this year, in the month of July, the young, feisty girl showed her prowess in the field by winning back-to-back five medals in several international athletics championships.
According to Hima, if one has the vigour, will, determination and hope to do something, it will take him or her to places.
Indeed, Hima is an inspiration to the world and she has been showing the way that if you have the passion to dream then you have the ability to fulfil it.
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