Athlete sinks her teeth into success

By Santhosh Mathevan Published on Feb 28, 2017 02:41 PM IST

Chennai: In this current scenario, many youngsters are made book worms in schools and colleges. They hardly get time to play or do physical exercise. However, there are few who embrace the idea of being a sportsperson in life.

Meet M Poorani (19) from Velacheri in Chennai subburb who broke the myth that sports fade away into academics.

Despite being a dental student, she has clinched many medals in district and State level athletic events.'News Today' interviewed her to find out more.

Excerpts:

Q: What inspired you to take up sports?

A: I loved sports right from my young age. I understood the very basic fact that no money or education can sustain a man/woman with good health except sports. My mom (Thara) and dad (Murali) were my inspiration. Basically, it all started with my participation in school sports day events of 100 meters and 200 meters dash. Now I have hundreds of medals that I won across the State.

Q: How did you go about training yourself in sports?

A: Though I was into academics, I have been involving myself in sports for the past seven years. Sports is the first thing that comes to my mind when I wake up everyday. In addition to playing games, my parents encourage me to practice more. Right from my school days, I started practicing athletics. I then joined India Sports Academy, a sports club in our locality, to practice there. I train under coach Natarajan who has been teaching me for free.

Q: What are your achievements so far?

A: I have participated in many school and college events. But recently, I got the opportunity to participate in State Inter University Athletic meet. I won bronze medal in 100 meters dash. Following this, I participated in an All India-level inter university meet in Coimbatore representing SRM University. Unfortunately, I could not make it to top league. I have to concentrate on two things, my studies and athletics at the same time. This gives me just two hours to practice everyday.

Q: What is you next plan?

A: My best record till date is 12.45 seconds in 100 meters dash. I have to pull it down to 11.3 seconds to get qualified for international event to representate our country. This is my ultimate aim and with this I am eyeing at a medal for our country.

Q: What are the hurdles you face?

A: The only problem I face is time. Balancing play and studies is a tough challenge. Everyday I would rush to the track in wee hours and train rigorous. From there I would go to college. With this, I am riding on two horses.

You can reach out Poorani through phone at 94441 54226.