Jerlin Anika is the first Indian to win three golds in an Olympic event . She is also recognized as the nations deafest woman by many outlets .
Jerlin Anika, an Indian deaflympian and badminton player, considers PV Sindhu as her idol and uses the same brand of racquet as her idol used in her Olympic medal match, and for her own knockout matches.In the Deaflympics 2021, Jerlin claimed three gold medals, becoming the first Indian to win three golds in an Olympic event.She is also recognized as the nation's deafest woman by many outlets.PV Sindhu is my role model.At a practice session in Hyderabad, I was privileged to meet her.In an exclusive interview with an interpreter, Jerlin said, I play all my knockout matches with it.The Deaflympian, who will be honoured with the Arjuna Award by President Draupadi Murmu on November 30, said it has been an incredible journey for her since she first attempted the sport at the age of eight.I started my practice session at 5 AM in the morning and around 10 AM.At noon, I had another session at 2 PM, which ended at 8 PM. I believed that other players would be much taller and fitter and would have a natural advantage over me when I went to the Deaflympics.However, I was determined to win medals for my country and I did it, she said.The shuttler said that being granted permission for training was daunting at first, but that because of her passion and dedication, she was granted permission to train.In 2009, my school introduced me to the HCL Foundation, which had a Sports for Change initiative.From there, they took me to the next level. She said that hard work will pay dividends one day, and that I am here to serve as an example.