SHARATH M. GAYAKWAD
Sharath M. Gayakwad is one of the best Indian Paralympic swimmer from Bangalore. Coming from a modest financial background, he has over thirty international and 40 national medals to his credit, one of them being the bronze medal at the 2010 Asian Para Games. he’s the first Indian swimmer to qualify for the Paralympics. Sharath was born in Bangalore, India in 1991 with a distorted left hand. He attended the small Flower Public school in Bangalore, where his parents were initially apprehensive of sending him to mandatory swimming classes due to his disability. However, he eventually took up swimming classes at the age of nine along with the rest of the class. shortly after that, he was to be seen participating in numerous swimming events for the disabled. In 2003, trainer John Christopher noticed him swimming at a college event, and complete up coaching Sharath for seven years. Christopher explains that Sharath was the first paralympic swimmer he had coached, and that Sharath had to work plenty on maintaining equilibrium, because of his deformity. He attended Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain school for top faculty studies, where he was given a fee concession and given encouragement for coaching. Sharath Gayakwad has represented India at numerous national and international swimming events. He won 2 Gold, four Silver and one Bronze at the IWAS World Games , 2009. He won a bronze medal clocking one minute and 20.90 seconds at the 2010 Asian Para Games , Guangzhou, China. The performance also enabled Sharath to qualify for the Paralympics scheduled to be held in London in 2012. he’s the first Indian swimmer to attain the qualifying time for London Paralympics, 2012. He has also won one Silver and a couple of Bronze medals at the 2011 International Deutsche Meisterschaften (IDM) Swimming Championships in Berlin, Germany. As per 2010 year end rankings, he’s ranked No. 13 in the world in his category in 100m Breaststroke event. Sharath is additionally the Asian record -holder in his category in 2 events –50m Butterfly, 50m Breaststroke.
Prasana Karmakar born December 8, 1980 is an Indian Paralympic swimmer. He was born in Calcutta, West Bengal. Arjuna Awardee, Mejor Dhyan Chand Sports Awardee, Bhiem Awardee, Calcutta Shree Awardee, State role model Awardee, Super idol Awardee, Positive Health Hero Awardee, achiever Awardee, Limca Book Record Holder,Swimmer of the year Award 2010,2011,2014 2003, Karmakar became the first disabled swimmer to represent India and win a medal at the world Swimming Championships in Argentina. Since then he has won over a dozen medals at the world events. He was the most adorned Indian swimmer at the 2009 IWAS World Games held in Bangalore winning four Gold, a pair of Silver and 1 bronze medal. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, he won a bronze medal that was India’s 1st ever medal in aquatics at the Commonwealth Games in the 2010 Asian Para Games in Guangzhou in China, he won a silver medal at 50m freestyle and a bronze medals in the 200m Individual medley. Prasanta also won a bronze in the 50m Backstroke in the S9 category at the 2010 International German Swimming Championships for Athletes with a disability in Berlin, Germany. Prasanta Karmakar won a pair of bronze medal in 2014 incheon Asian Para games in 100 meter Breast stroke and 4 x 100meter freestyle relay. he’s the Paralympic swimming Asian record holder in 50m Butterfly, 50m Breaststroke and 50m Backstroke and is also the Paralympic National Record holder in four events – 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m Backstroke and 200m Individual medley. Having achieved success at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.