Young women achievers  –  Namma Benglauru

Young women achievers – Namma Benglauru

Young women achievers in Bengaluru qualify as achievers with their sheer talent and hard work. Seeing the passion in today’s young mind, nobody will be shocked to come across people who have reached great heights before turning 25. Many such young achievers in Bengaluru have reached milestones when the night was turning into day.

Aditi Ashok – Young Golfer :

Aditi Ashok (born 29 March 1998) is a professional golfer who took part in the 2016 Summer Olympics. She is a young women achiever from Bengaluru making name in the International golf.

Personal Life :

Aditi was born on 29 March 1998 in the city of Bengaluru.  She studied at The Frank Anthony Publi School in Benglauru and graduated in 2016.

She started playing golf at the age of 5.  At that time only three golf courses were in Bengaluru.  When she showed interest in gold  her father took her to the Karnataka Golf Association driving range. Her father, Ashok Gudlamani, is now her caddie.

Career :

Aditi became the youngest and first Indian to win the Lalla Aicha Tour School and secured her Ladies Duropean Tour card for the 2016 season. This win also made her the youngest winner of a Q School for an international tour.  Aditi is the first and the only Indian golfer who played the Asian Youth Games (2013), Youth Olympic Games (2014), Asian Games (2014) and Olympic Games (2016).

Her appearance at the Olympics created sensation.  There was nothing sudden about Aditi’s performance on the world stage. She had not qualified for the Games overnight, or emerged out of the blue.

Weeks after her return from Rio, Aditi sealed back-to-back wins on the Ladies European Tour (LET), at the Hero Women’s Indian Open and the Qatar Ladies Open. It capped off a sensational first season in Europe, at the end of which she finished second on the Order of Merit and was named the LET’s Rookie of the Year.

In 2017, her rookie season on the LPGA, she competed in all five majors, and registered a maiden top-10 finish on the Tour at the Marathon Classic.

Professional achievement :

Ladies European Tour Wins (3)

  1. 2016 Hero Women’s Indian Open, Qatar Ladies open
  2. Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies open

Other wins

  • 2011 Hero Professional Tour Leg 1, Hero Professional Tour Leg 3 (both as an amateur)

Team appearances :

  • Espirito santo tropy – Representing India in 2012 & 2014.

Aishwarya Pissay – racer :

Aishwarya Pissay is an Indian off-road racer. She is the first Indian woman to win 5 National titles in Road Racing and Rally Championship combined. She found her passion in racing as she turned 18, while taking small road trips around her home town Bengaluru. 

She is a young women achiever from Bengaluru making name in International racing.

Interest in riding :

After completing her commerce degree through correspondence from Bangalore University, she continued with the passion of her life, riding.  After enrolling for a formal training, she started riding in competitions in 2016, and has been supported by TVS Co. from last year.  She participates both in circuit races and off-roading raids.  For her whether it is circuit or off-roading, it is raiding at the end of the day.

Consequently she learned  how to master the art of riding a bike. This hobby grew into a profession as she won 4 National titles in Road Racing and Rally Championship in 2016 and 2017 and competed in the National Rally Championship in 2018, winning it as well.  She also became the first Indian woman to compete in the Bajaj Aragon World Rally in Spain held in 2018.

She has seen ups and downs in her path to success.  She is good in breaking barriers at every step to achieve what she aims for.   The young achiever believes that a lot more is to be done for the cause of women in motorsport.

Career :

In 2016,  Aishwarya graduated from Apex Racing Academy and won the Honda One Make Championship. She secured 5th position in the Dakshin Dare and 2nd place in the Asia Road Racing cup. She also won Indian National Rally Championship in the year 2016.

In 2017, Aishwarya won the CEAT Sprint Rally and also graduated from the California Superbike School in 2017. She won the Indian National Road Racing Championship and the Indian National Ra;;u Championship in the same year. 

Aishwarya secured 3rd place in Dakshin Dare Group – B and finished 4th in the Raid De Himalaya and was the only female rider to complete the course in the “Xtreme” category.

Pissay also won the TVS one-make Road Racing championship in 2017, making this her 4th national championship overall.  TVS Racing signed Aishwarya Pissay on board as a factory racer in the same year.

In 2018, she won the Indian National Rally championship. She competed in the Bajaj Aragon rally, where she crashed on the final day of the event forcing her to retire from the event.

Awards :

Aishwarya received the TiE Young Achiever of the Year award in 2016 She also received the Outstanding Women in Motorsports Award by FMSCI in 2016.  She received the Outstanding Women in Motorsports Award by FMSCI for the 2nd consecutive year in 2017 and also the Sports Women of the Year Award by Autotruck Magazine.

Sanjana Ramesh-Basket ball player :

Basketball started as a way to prove her capabilities in sports to her brother for Sanjana Ramesh. And, that’s how the 17-year-old has embarked on the path of making India proud with her game.  Hailing from Chennai and now living in Bengaluru.

Sanjana is a young women achiever from Bengaluru making name in Basket ball.

Early life :

Sanjana Ramesh often competed against her older brother in soccer and badminton, honing her competitive spirit. She started playing basketball at 12 as a hobby with friends. By 13, she was playing for her state team. Basketball quickly transformed into her favorite sport.

Sanjana’s good game got recognition in no time and four years after playing basketball for the first time, she was in the India U-16 team and was picked as the captain of the Indian Under-16 team last year for the Asian championship Division B.

The young basketball player was among the 18 best female basketball prospects from across India, who were picked for the NBA camp. There, she received training from Olympic gold medalists Jennifer Azzi and Ruth Riley, former Women’s NBA player Ebony Hoffman, and former college coach Blair Hardiek, along with former India captain Divya Singh.

National & International level :

Sanjana participated in The NBA Academies Women’s Program camp at The NBA Academy India in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), where she received on- and off-court training alongside top female prospects from throughout India.  

The NBA Academies Women’s Programs are designed to engage top female prospects from outside the United States, giving players an opportunity to experience elite coaching and facilities. Along with Hardiek, Ruth Riley and Jennifer Azzi are also technical directors. The experience was transformative for Ramesh.

 Following the NBA Academies Women’s Program camp, Ramesh was then named the MVP of the girls’ division at Basketball Without Borders Asia, a three-day basketball development camp featuring the top male and female basketball prospects from throughout Asia.

Ashwini Ponnappa :

Ashwini Ponnappa Machimanda(born 18 September 1989) is a badminton player who represents India at the international badminton circuit in both the women’s and mixed doubles disciplines. She had a successful partnership with Jwala Gutta. 

Ms. Ponnappa is a young women achiever from Bengaluru making name in the international badminton arena.

This  pair has won many medals in international events including a gold medal at the Common Wealth Games and bronze medals at the Uber Cup and the Asian Badminton Championships.

They were consistently ranked among the top 20 in the BWF World Ranking reaching as high as No. 10 position.  Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta also won the bronze medal at the BWF World championships in 2011, becoming the first Indian pair and women and only the second overall to win a medal at the World Championships.

Early life of Ashwini Ponnappa :

Ashwini Ponnappa was born to CA Ponnappa and Cauvery Ponnappa on 18 December 1989 in the Karnataka capital of Bengaluru. Her father played hockey for India. However Ashwini preferred badminton over hockey and started training in badminton.

She attended the St. Francis Xavier’s Girls High School in Bengaluru before moving to Hyderabad for her Bachelor’s degree. She would actively play hockey at the university level.

Ponnappa’s first success came in 2001 when she won her first national medal in the sub-junior girls’ doubles category. In addition to that, she also won the national title in sub-junior girls’ doubles in 2005, and the Junior girls’ doubles National cup in 2006 and 2007.

International arena :

Ashwini Ponnappa’s  first international title came in the South Asian Games, where she won the gold medal in mixed doubles and the team events in 2010. Later, in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, she scripted history, winning the gold medal in Women’s doubles event.

With Jwala Gutta, she became the first woman to win the yellow metal in the event. The top podium spot was thus elemental to her becoming a popular name in the country.

Marriage :

In December 2017, Ponnappa married businessman-model Karan Medappa in a private wedding ceremony in Coorg, Karnataka. The wedding ceremony proceeded according to traditional Kodava style. Among the guests were some of the biggest names in the world of badminton, including Rohan Bopanna, Jyotsna Chinappa, longtime women’s doubles partner, Jwala Gutta among others.

Achievements/Titles :

Gold at 2010 Commonwealth Games (Women’s double)

Bronze at BWF World Championships 2011 ( Women’s double )

Silver at 2014 Commonwealth Games (Women’s double)

Bronze at the 2014 Asia Championships (Women’s double)

Gold at the 2015 BWF Grand Prix Canada Open (Women’s double)

Gold at the 2016 South Asian Games (Women’s double)

Bronze at 2018 Commonwealth Games (Women’s double)

We at wish good luck to all these young women achievers from namma Bengaluru.

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