On account of International Women’s day, team Urban Tree has meticulously chosen some great women achievers of our country. As we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women on March 8, this is a series of blogs that feature those strong women of India who have made their way up to become successful by breaking stereotypes!
Asha Roy the fastest woman in India has an incredible record of clocking 11.85 seconds at the 51st National Open Athletics Championships held at Kolkata.
Where she comes from
Asha comes from a village called Ghanshyampur located in West Bengal. She is the third sister of four sisters and is doing her Bachelor’s degree from Sriampore College in Hooghly. Asha survives on two meals a day, lives in a mud house and helps her father who is a vegetable vendor. Among the four sisters, only Asha was able to pursue her dreams of becoming the best athlete in the country with the rest either getting married or in the case of the third sister, became a school dropout.
Under the guidance of her coach Prabir Chandra, Asha started her athletic rise. When she was in Class IV she was a member of Bengal’s athletic team. Then in Class VI she joined the nationals. In the year 2004 she won four gold medals as well as obtained the honour of being the best athlete in the school games. In 2009 she grabbed the gold for 100m in the Indo-Bangla international meet and in 2010 won the silver medal at the university meet. On that year she also nabbed the gold in both the 100 and 200m races and the silver in the 400m relay at the National Open Athletics Meet.
For both Bulu and Bholanath (Asha’s parents) the success of their daughter has been a great source of pride for them. But they say their daughter has reached so far with sheer determination, she will need outside support to get good nutrition to train. In order for her to constantly achieve at the rate she has been Coach Chandra believes that proper nutrition on a competitive training schedule is vital. The chances for Asha getting proper economical and logistic support are low in a country where even the national sport (hockey) takes the second seat. However, both the State Government as well as Indian Railways has promised a job and monetary assistance after looking at Asha’s performance at the National Open Meet.
Asha Roy shows the same undaunted spirit that we have seen in athletes from P.T Usha to Milkha Singh. When asked about what keeps her going Asha simply replied ““I have struggled so far and am willing to do so in future if need be, with the support of my family and coach.”