with Sachin Mandrekar
DOB: 8th August 1971
Club: Club MK and Anmol Society
“Keep on Dinking, Point is Earned……”
Sachin Mandrekar believes this thoroughly- in Pickleball and in life. In this hard-core world, where each one is fighting for his existence, Mandrekar tries to keep it simple- of not losing hope as good things will surely come.
Sachin Mandrekar is immensely thankful to his Club MK mates for bringing to him one of the best things in his life.
“Pickleball has given me so many things that I never dreamt of. I played almost all types of sports in my younger days but not at a level like this one. Playing state-level championships, representing my state in nationals or playing for a team in Super League was far from reality. But Pickleball made all happen. This game has given me so many friends, memories, travels and so on, so forth.”
Friendship is always a part of Mandrekar’s life. He partnered with some amazing players of Indian Pickleball who not only helped him to win medals but also improve his game to a different level.
“Being a doubles player, it is always necessary to have a great camaraderie with your partner. And I am grateful to all my partners who have helped me to reach this level. There is Manish with whom I played my first nationals. Bhushan, with whom I won my first major tournament. Ashu, with whom I played in the Super League. And of course, Sunil with whom I won state tournament.”
Although medals has come in for Sachin, he himself feels that there are certain areas that he needs to improve.
“I need to have more aggressive shots. For that regular practice is very necessary. As I am self-employed, I schedule my practice time as per my convenience. But I make it sure that I practice daily. If I don’t do it then it will be tough for me to compete against so many young talents in India.”
- Silver in Men’s doubles at Senior National Pickleball Championship, 2016
- Gold in Men’s Doubles at Mumbai District Pickleball Championship, 2016
- Gold in Men’s Doubles at Mumbai District Pickleball Championship, 2017
- Gold in Men’s Doubles at Parle Open, 2017
PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata.
After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata.
In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer.
Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream.
So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.