Sakshi Yerunkar, (14), has been selected for the international Rocball tournament to be held in Switzerland in June. Rocball is a variant of volleyball.
A student of Chincholi village in Raigad dictrict, Sakshi had been playing Rocball from the time she was 10 years old. Being good at the game, it did not take Sakshi long to reach the state-level competition held in 2014-15 in Mumbai.
Her trainer and coach, Constable Subhash Pawar, has been distributing laddoos to people walking into Malad police station, to celebrate the achievement of his niece.
Sakshi credits her selection to her uncle. “Self-discipline and love for sports has been engraved in me by my uncle.”
“Pawar has worked hard not just for the police department but has also dedicated his free time to his niece,” said Milind Khatle, senior police inspector of Malad police station, lauding the constable.
Sakshi’s father Sachin, who works in a private company in Kolad, and her mother, a home maker, can hardly wait for June.
“She is a bright student and has equal interest in sports. We have always tried to encourage Sakshi and with the help of my brother-in-law we have been able to see her reach the international level,” said Sachin.
Pawar who cannot hide his enthusiasm and pride for his niece has been co-ordinating and making all arrangements for her travel. “I am proud that my niece is going to represent our country.”