Rope Skipping Champion | Raunak Damle

My fitness journey started when I was 7 years old.

I was teased by friends for not being fit so my parents introduced me to Gymnastics to make me physically strong and flexible.

One day I randomly came across the sport, Rope skipping and thought why not, I only planned to use it for quick warm up but ended up jumping for 15 minutes without even realizing it.

I was actually enjoying rope skipping so much that I started doing it every single day.
And so began my quest and lifelong obsession with rope skipping.
The more confident I became the more tricks I could do, leaving around everyone duly impressed.

My friends used to mock me by saying that ‘This is a girl’s game and you should not play it.’ But their words didn’t matter to me because this was my ‘thing- I overcame all the barriers and people couldn’t believe how good I was.

I made it my mission and now I have been actively involved with the sport for 13 years.

During an international trial, I did not make it but that was a motivation for me. I made sure I make the best out of it and practiced so hard that I was eventually selected for internationals and won gold medal in the championship which was held in Hungary in 2017.

I have earned several titles Including National and international Championship and have been blessed with many opportunities to travel more than 10 states and 2 countries to promote the sport through competions, shows and workshops.

Raunak Damle showcasing freestyle Rope Jump

I am an international bronze medalist in Arnis- Martial Arts as well as I am a national squash player.

My parents are my backbone, they have shaped my journey. Rushing from work for my game, watching me win, lose they have been there all the time. Encouraged and motivated me to practice more.

As a competitive athlete my fitness goals were never centered on diets or weight loss but rather striving to reach peak physical performance and when I jump I feel a little closer to the sky!

(Interviewed and written by Raavya Sarda)

Published by Raavya Sarda

Hi there! I am Raavya Sarda curious blogger and love to explore new things, I write about stories of people their dreams and struggles reflecting each individual is inspirational unique and relatable.

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