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NANDA KUMAR Punith
Sport Para swimming
NPC India   
GenderMen
Age21
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S8, SB8, SM8
Further Personal Information
Residence
Bengaluru, IND
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Electrical Engineering - BMS College of Engineering: Bengaluru, IND
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming in 2011.
Why this sport?
He took up swimming as a form of physical therapy. "In the early days, it was a little difficult as other swimmers can use both hands which I could not. But then I learnt in a short span of time. Also I loved water, so I never felt like giving up. I always knew if others can do it, so can I."
Club / Team
Pooja Aquatic Center: India
Name of coach
Sharath M Gayakwad, IND
Training Regime
He trains for 11 sessions in a week.
General Interest
Most influential person in career
Indian Para swimmer and his coach Sharath M. Gayakwad. (indusind.com, 30 Oct 2018; bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com, 18 Feb 2019)
Hero / Idol
Indian Para swimmer Sharath M. Gayakwad. (indusind.com, 30 Oct 2018)
Awards and honours
He received the 2016 Kempegowda Award from Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike [BBMP] in Bengaluru, India. (Instagram profile, 16 Feb 2019)
Other sports
He also trained in taekwondo and competed at the 2012 World Taekwondo Culture Expo in Republic of Korea. (bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com, 18 Feb 2019)
Ambitions
To become a mechanical engineer. (deccanherald.com, 23 May 2017)
Impairment
He was born with an impairment to his left hand. (indusind.com, 30 Oct 2018)
Other information
SCHOOL-SPORT BALANCE
As a student at BMS College of Engineering, he tries to balance sport and academic work. "Swimming is my first love. But I will not pause my education for it, I will do both. Juggling the two can get difficult. But so far, with the support from my parents and my coach, I have been able to do well in both." (bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com, 18 Feb 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
13 2018 50m Freestyle S8 32.44
4 2018 200m Individual Medley SM8 3:03.10
6 2018 400m Freestyle S8 5:40.11
9 2018 100m Backstroke S8 1:38.22
9 2018 100m Freestyle S8 1:12.94
9 2018 100m Butterfly S8 1:28.76