Pune: ‘Follow your dreams, dreams do come true!’ said one and only Sachin Tendulkar at his farewell speech. One such lad from Pune, Omkar Jadhav, saw his dream turn into reality.
Omkar Jadhav, a national level rowing silver medalist in 2016, achieved his dream of attending the Henley Royal Regatta with his brother, Avdhoot, in the UK during July 4-8 2018.
The 22-year-old, a student of Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), having started his journey in rowing at College of Engineering Pune (COEP), elaborated on his rowing journey.
“My brother, Avdhoot, started rowing in 2010 and won the state-level medal but failed at the national level and decided to retire; along the way passing on the baton to me,” he said.
“After a difficult start to rowing, I managed to win third place in Inter-boat club regatta in Colombo, but the national medal remained the dream.”
“In 2016, me and my brother decided to row together in Men’s Double Scull category and clinched the silver medal at the national championship, which was another dream of ours that came true,” he further added.
Come next English summer, Omkar and his brother Avdhoot will fly out to the UK to witness one of the prestigious rowing events in the world taking place on the banks of Thames.
Henley Royal Regatta
Henley Royal Regatta, a rowing event held by the town Henley on river Thames since 1839, is one of the best-known regattas in the world. It is a highlight of both the summer sporting calendar and the social season in the UK. The Regatta attracts thousands of visitors over a 5-day period as spectators are treated by over 200 races in which Olympians, as well as new crews, take part. The next regatta will be held from July 4-8 2018.
Watch Omkar’s journey
Omkar has created a video of his and brother’s journey and their dream and posted it on Youtube, the same video which he presented at the Godrej Loud. The four-minute video sums up the journey of two brothers.
Godrej LOUD 2017
An initiative by Godrej, LOUD (Live Out Ur Dream) 2017 helps students turn their dreams into reality, which is something apart from studies. Five students were chosen as winners from 11 finalists last month. The winners will also get a chance to do a summer internship with Godrej.