Hard work and perseverance are a key to success and this 11-year-old from Uttar Pradesh perfectly justifies it. Shradhha Shukla wants to be a swimming star in future and make her country proud. The girl took the nation by storm with her determination and strength when she declared her plan of conquering the River Ganga. She began her journey from Kanpur and ended up covering a distance of 570 Kms, finally reaching Varanasi amidst the chants of ‘Har Har Mahadev’. This young girl took up her biggest challenge on a humid Sunday morning, swimming in the monsoon-fed Ganga from her hometown Kanpur to the temple town of Varanasi. Here’s her story.
She reportedly started swimming on 28th August and completed her final leg after reaching the ancient Dashashwamedha Ghat on 5th of September. During her journey to swim to across Ganga, Shraddha was accompanied by her father, six private divers and her Uncle, while other relatives travelled along them by road.
Shradhha hails from Cantonment area of Kanpur and has been swimming since many years, under the watchful eyes of her father and coach-Lalit Shukla. She fell in love with water after grandfather Munnu Lal Shukla brought her to the Ganga at an age of one and its then when her dream to be a swimmer aroused and there has been no looking back, since.
She swam 10 km from Ganga Barrage to Siddhnath Ghat at the age of six and 6 km from Kanpur to Unnao a year later. She covered 16 km downstream in just 80 minutes on 11th August, 2013, nipping 10 minutes from her previous best. She was eight then. About a year later, Shraddha swam to Allahabad from Massacre Ghat in less than a week. Now, after completing her biggest feat of covering River Ganga, she is targeting the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Her feats have bagged her title of – ‘Jalpari’. Along with her aim, she is also spreading a message of ‘Clean Ganga’.
Shradha and her father have always dreamt for her to make it to the Olympics and represent the country. Their hopes soared seeing the female Indian participants giving cutting edge performances at Rio Olympics 2016.
Her efforts are phenomenon and so is her morale. Shraddha Shukla is aiming high and will definitely the top. Social Samajwadi wishes the Jalpari from Uttar Pradesh, a very good luck!