THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Olympic Swimmer and Arjuna Award recipient Nisha Millet urged the young swimmers in the city to dream and work hard towards achieving them. She was visiting the Greenfield International Stadium in Kariavattom here the other day.
Nisha, who participated in the 200-metre freestyle swimming at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, was visiting as part of the KSFL-Tenvic Sports Coaching Academy’s sports icon visit programme and conducted training and interactive sessions with the trainees of the academy.
“You should be hardworking to achieve the goals. As a youngster, I had dreamt of competing in the Olympics and worked towards it,” the 35-year-old from Bengaluru said. “We can achieve our goals only through hard work,” said Nisha who said Greenfield is one of the best sports facilities she has visited.
Nisha was welcomed to the venue with a sapling as part of the academy’s green initiative. The sapling was planted by the former swimmer in the stadium premises. Nisha who won more than 600 gold medals in state, national and international events is the first Indian to qualify for the Olympics in swimming.
She was awarded Arjuna Award in 2000 and is now the director and head coach of the Nisha Millet’s Swimming Academy based out of the 50-metre Kensington Swimming Pool in Ulsoor, Bengaluru.