Sharmila aims to succeed in karate and studies

November 12th, 2010 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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A good role model for the youths. We wish her success in both her studies and in sports.

TOWERING T. Sharmila is a hard working girl and wants to excel in karate and studies.

Sharmila, who will be 18 on Nov 20, is currently a member of the national back-up squad and is eligible to take part in the senior category.

After completing her matriculation at the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS), she is keen to pursue a Business Administration course at UPM.

Hardworking: Sharmila wants to be counted for the World Junior championships and the SEA Games in Jakarta.

Sharmila, who won a gold medal in the 59kg kumite event in the Asian Junior and Cadet karate championships in Hong Kong in August, has a proven track record.

“I consider the gold medal as the most memorable moment in my karate career. I was happy as all my teammates joined in my celebrations. The victory was inspiring and I am now looking at more international honours,” she said.

What prompted her to train diligently was her disappointing outing in the World Koi championships last year. In the competition, Sharmila was hailed as the favourite in the Under-18 age group. She was also aiming for an impressive result.

Unfortunately, despite being well prepared, Sharmila was a first-round casualty against an exponent from Vietnam.

“I was eliminated on technical ground after landing a punch on my opponent. I was depressed and I had trained hard for the championships. But it was a good learning experience for me,” said Sharmila, who took up karate when she was six.

Her father B. Thiagarajan, a keen karate enthusiast, enrolled Sharmila at the Suba Karate Academy helmed by S. Prem.

After almost four years, Sharmila, then a pupil of SK Jalam Meru 1, was given the opportunity to take part in her first competition and she won a bronze.

Encouraged, Sharmila trained with more commitment and won her first gold medal in an inter-school championships in 2006.

Since then, she has dominated the national junior championships in Malaysia. In 2007, she won the gold medal in the Malaysia Karate Federation (Makaf) junior championships and has retained the gold medal till this year.

Seeing her potential, she was drafted into the national back-up squad two years ago. Currently she trains, five days a week, under the supervision of former international P. Arivalagan , who is also the national chief coach.

Sharmila admitted training was tough but was prepared to go through the session to make an impact in local and international competitions.

Besides, the Malaysia Games (Sukma), Sharmila wants to be counted for the World Junior championships and the SEA Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Although, she has a hectic training schedule, Sharmila has also done well in her studies, scoring four As in the SPM.

“I don’t have any problem in managing my time between karate and studies.

“My father also wants me to excel in both. He has been supportive to my karate career and I want to do well in both,” said Sharmila.



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