Virdhawal's Story

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Published on November 19, 2008

Author: gosports


Slide 1: Virdhawal Khade and GoSports Slide 2: Virdhawal’s Story Virdhawal Khade was identified by the GoSports team in September 2006 at the young age of 15. At that time, he held the 200m freestyle National record with a timing of 1:56:08 (long course) – and the GoSports team knew they had found a champion.. ..But the conditions under which Veer trained were far from ideal. He did the majority of his training in Kolhapur, where he was a student, with frequent short trips to Bangalore prior to big events to train under professionals. This routine did not provide him with the consistency or quality he so deserved. Read on to see just how much this teen sensation has progressed over the months! Slide 3: GoSports’ Key Interventions GoSports bore all of Veer’s boarding, lodging and travel expenses till June 2007. This included the 2007 World Swimming Championships held at Melbourne, Australia where he became the youngest Indian to qualify for the Olympic Games. Worked closely with his coach in scheduling, monitoring and tracking his training and competitions. The team also managed to get the legendary US Olympic coach, Richard Quick to meet and assess Virdhawal’s potential Read More.. Slide 4: Interventions continued: The GoSports team personally convinced Veer’s parents to allow him to attend the World Swimming Championships (which happened to clash with his important 10th std. board exams). Veer created history there by becoming the youngest Indian to qualify for the Olympics Ensured that he did his exams in October, in which he fared well Represented his best interests to secure substantial funding from various sources like govt., private trusts, corporations, etc. - Facilitated access to support services – doctors, physiotherapists, lawyers, travel, media coverage, etc. Slide 5: Veer is the youngest Indian to have qualified for the Beijing Olympic Games. He clocked 1:52.41 to make the cut in the 200m Freestyle and was just 15-years-old when he qualified at the 2007 World Swimming Championships! National record holder in five events - 50, 100, 200 and 400m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly. His training and competition expenses, in India and abroad, are funded by the Mittal Champions Trust and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports through their National Sports Development Fund. Among the fastest swimmers in the world in his age group First Indian swimmer to break into the top 100 in the 2008 FINA World rankings. Best world rank of 57* in the 50m Butterfly. Won three gold and three silver medals at the Commonwealth Youth Games 2008, creating four new National records and three Games records! Achievements *as of Oct 15 2008 rankings Slide 6: Veer’s Potential Short-Term Already achieved his immediate goal of winning medals at the Commonwealth Youth Games at Pune in October ’08 Middle-Term Medalist at the 2010 Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. Long-Term - Top 8 in the world by 2012. In Richard Quick’s opinion, he would not be surprised if Virdhawal, considering that he is managed right, made it on the medal podium at the 2012 London Olympic Games and the color of the medal was gold. Slide 7: Veer has shaved almost 2 secs off his timing since GoSports intervened! He has been improving consistently over the months and with more training is bound to be among the best in the world with regard to his timings Slide 8: Veer breached the 50sec barrier at the Commonwealth Youth Games – entering him into a totally different league of world-class swimmers! Start of GoSports Association Slide 9: In the 200m freestyle as well, Veer has broken the 1:50 barrier and only looks to be improving his timing every time he competes! Start of GoSports Association Slide 10: Keep visiting this site to stay on course with our swimming prodigy! To see how much Veer has progressed please visit his page at

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