Are you aware that Sharath M. Gayakwad, a recipient of the prestigious Arjuna Award, shattered P.T. Usha’s longstanding record for the highest number of medals won by an Indian athlete in a multi-discipline event? This remarkable para swimmer hails from Bangalore, India. Despite humble beginnings, Sharath has amassed an impressive collection of over 30 international and 40 national medals, including a bronze at the 2010 Asian Para Games. He made history as the first Indian swimmer to qualify for the Paralympics, representing his country in the 2012 Summer Paralympics held in London. Sharath’s journey in para swimming owes much to the unwavering support and encouragement of his school and parents.

While India is making strides in various sports, there remains a glaring lack of awareness and infrastructure for para sports, hindering the full potential of athletes like Sharath. He expresses gratitude for the government’s recognition of para swimming talent but remains steadfast in his mission to train and empower more para swimmers to compete on the Paralympic stage. To achieve this goal, Sharath leads the Blufin Sports Foundation, dedicated to creating an inclusive sports ecosystem that nurtures and supports athletes of all abilities.