23-year-old Para-swimmer Gorakh Shinde from Turbhe’s Indira Nagar, Mumbai. The 10th State Paralympics Aquatic Championship held in Pune was organized by the Paralympic Swimming Association of Maharashtra which is as follows:
- Gold in 100m Freestyle clocking an elapsed time of 1 minute, 53.74 seconds, in 2016. In Pune, he also participated in Para-swimming organized by Maharashtra Para-swimming Association:
- Bronze medals in 100m Butterfly in State level(2017/2018) and 100m Backstroke at the national level (2018/19 by National Para-committee Association held at Udaipur.
- His name was included in the Limca Book of World Records (2019) for long-distance swimming 40kms from Alibaug to Bhauchadhakka
- All India sea swimming competition held by the Indian Navy, a National level competition in Mumbai. And received many more achievements.
Shinde said his coach Sanket Sawant, at Navi Mumbai Sports Association encouraged him to try swimming and he made it keep up the expectations of his coach and won many praises in the competition.
Gorakh Shinde has been an inspiration to the youth of today and will continue to be remembered for his courage and vigor. His conditions are not taken as his weakness but taken as a stepping stone to success.
He is happy that he was able to win so many medals in his state championships.
We are proud to have such youngsters who aren’t affected by the society.