Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, July 15
Coursing through her studies swiftly as she does her butterfly stroke when she swims, 16-year-old Jhanvi Sharma, a city-based national-level swimmer, has done her parents and school proud by striking the perfect balance between her studies and game as she scored 88.6 per cent in the Class X CBSE results announced on Wednesday.
“I was under a lot of stress in the beginning to perform in studies too. But as time advanced, I managed to survive the pressure through my dedication, time management and consistency,” Jhanvi, who is a student of DAV Police Public School, shares.
She has five to six national championships in her kitty and is rated among the top swimmers of the district. Having a knack for tasting victory, she is a winner of gold and silver medals in several championships, including, Sub-Junior Swimming Championship held in Mohali, CBSE National Swimming Championship, Tandrust Punjab, CBSE cluster-level Championship, National School Championship among others. “Parents and teachers remained a great source of motivation and support. I neither took sports nor studies as burden. I devoted equal time to both,” she says.
While she practiced swimming for four to five hours daily, self-studying in academics helped her obtain a good score, but she had been expecting a much better outcome. “I have always scored above 90% marks in my previous results. I was expecting a better result,” says Jhanvi, who started her day early for swimming and ended it late with studies.
She is the daughter of Mohinder Pal, a swimming coach and a Punjab Police employee. She is full of praise for her parents’ guidance both on-field and off it as well. “With the help of my mother and father, I focussed on carving out dedicated time for studies when out of on-field schedule and engaged in art and craft too to relieve stress,” she says.
She added more feathers to her cap when she won a gold in a national-level tournament last year. With over 100 medals and several trophies, she is also the sports captain of her school.
“I will carry on the groove in the future too,” she pledges, before adding, “I sure have an eye on achieving the satisfactory result come next board examinations.”
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