Indian sports have witnessed a drastic change in the last few years with sportsmen blossoming in varied sports. One such inspiring story is of 20 year old Meghana Gundlapally, the only rhythmic gymnast to represent India at the 2018 Commonwealth games in Gold Coast, Australia.
It started at the age of 11 when the youngster had her first brush with the sport to increase her fitness levels but it all changed when she witnessed the live gymnastics event during 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
It has not been an easy ride for Meghana; with her father quoting that their family has spend huge sum of money on her training and travelling expenses as there was not much help available from the Indian federation. Things have changed post the common wealth games; there has been some relief with funding from sponsors. Also, the Go Sports Foundation has initiated to take care of her nutrition and physiotherapy expenses.
With support coming in from different quarters, Meghana is working hard on perceiving her dream of winning the gold medal for her country at the next common wealth games. She has achieved her expertise in the sport by travelling to many countries for training and being mentored by coaches across the globe. Presently, she is being trained under the watchful eyes of Slovenian coach Spela Dragas in Italy, who is also apparently the coach for World Championship medalist Alexandra Agiurgiuculese.