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“Pickleball has made some of the most amazing changes in me…….”

with Aniket Pramod Durgawali

DOB:              21st July 1995

State:             Maharashtra

City:               Mumbai

Club:              Club CK, Club NX 

Aniket Durgawali, at a certain point of time, was a Cricket fanatic just as any other Indian. He devoted much time to Cricket in his school and later in his college. But in 2013, when Chetan Kate, brought Pickleball  to M.L. Dahanukar College, everything changed for Aniket.

“Cricket was my favourite sport. Other than that I played Badminton and Table Tennis. But my life changed when I started playing Pickleball in 2013. It has brought some amazing changes in me, both physically and mentally. The most important lesson that I learned from Pickleball is how to be patient.”

As Aniket learned some valuable lifeskills from Pickleball, it brought him results on the court. From the initial tournaments of Pickleball till in those of today, Aniket has been a regular participant. He has won several medals in district, state as well as national level competitions.  

“When people ask my parents about their son, they proudly say that he is a national-level Pickleball player. They are very happy that I represent Maharashtra in nationals.”

Aniket believes that there is no elevator in life; all have to take stairs to be successful. So, in spite of being around from almost the beginning, Aniket does not skip his practice. He likes to play with Gearbox Eight Pro and Prolite Crush paddles. But according to him, improvement does not always depend on the best gears but ‘practice that makes a man perfect.’

“I can’t live without Pickleball now. It has given me so many friends around the world. It has also made me confident to take up sport as my career. I am now the head coach of Enjoy-a-Ball Sports Children;’s Academy at Vile Parle and Andheri. I feel very happy that I could take my passion as my profession.”

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS

District:
  • Gold Medal in Men’s Doubles at 1st District Level Tournament, 2013-14
  • Gold Medal in Mixed Doubles at 2nd District Level Tournament, 2014-15
  • Gold Medal in Men’s Singles at 2nd District Level Tournament, 2014-15
  • Gold Medal in Mixed Doubles at 3rd District Level Tournament, 2015-16
  • Gold Medal in Men’s Singles at 3rd District Level Tournament, 2015-16
  • Silver Medal in Men’s Doubles at 5th District Level Tournament, 2017-18
State:
  • Gold Medal in Men’s Doubles at 1st State Level Tournament, 2013-14
  • Bronze Medal in Men’s Singles at 2nd State Level Tournament, 2014-15
  • Silver Medal in Men’s Singles at 4th State Level Tournament, 2016-17
National:
  • Bronze Medal in Men’s Singles at 2nd National Level Tournament, 2014-15
  • Silver Medal in Men’s Singles at 4th National Level Tournament, 2016-17
Others:
  • Silver Medal in Men’s Singles at Krushetra College Fest, 2013-14
  • Silver Medal in Men’s Singles at Khar Gymkhana Tournament, 2014-15
  • Silver Medal in Men’s Doubles at Lion’s Club Fiesta Championship, 2014-15
  • Gold Medal in Men’s Doubles at Khar Gymkhana Tournament, 2015-16
  • Silver Medal in Men’s Singles at Khar Gymkhana Tournament, 2014-15
  • Silver Medal in Men’s Singles at Khar Gymkhana Tournament, 2014-15
  • Silver Medal in Mixed Doubles at Krushetra College Fest, 2015-16
  • Gold Medal in Men’s Doubles at Krushetra College Fest, 2015-16
  • Gold Medal in Men’s singles at Krushetra College Fest, 2015-16
  • Bronze Medal in Men’s Doubles at Mumbai open Championship, 2017-18
  • Gold Medal in Men’s Singles at Mumbai open Championship, 2017-18
  • Silver Medal in Mixed Doubles at 8th Parle Mahotsav, 2017-18
  • Gold Medal in Mixed Doubles at 9th Parle Mahotsav, 2018-19
  • Silver Medal in Men’s Doubles at 9th Parle Mahotsav, 2018-19
  • Member of Silver Medal Winning Team at 1st Pickleball Super League, 2018-19

About Poulomi Kundu

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’.

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