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Udupi: Rural Surroundings of Akkunje Scripts Ashwini's Success


Udupi: Rural Surroundings of Akkunje Scripted Ashwini's Success

News & Pics: Aishwarya Beejadi
Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (RD/SB)
 

Udupi, Nov 30: Ashwini Shetty, who brought laurels to the country winning individual gold medal in 400 m hurdles at the just-concluded Asian Games is from a remote village of Akkunje in Kundapur taluk of the district. She was noticed on a global platform when she won gold in girls' relay team in Commonwealth Games (CWG) held recently. Her marvelous achievements have indeed brought honour to the neighbourhood of Akkunje.

Akkunje hit the limelight when she bagged gold medal on international arena. She did her early studies in Hosangady School, near here, after which she pursued athletics in Bangalore. Now it is not only her native Akkunje, but the entire nation that is celebrating her achievement.

Akkunje lies 40 km from Kundapur taluk. If one takes a right turn at Jansal and walks in the woods for about a kilometre, one comes across Ashwini’s house. Her father Chidanand Shetty is a native of Mulematapady in Puttur taluk of Dakshina Kannada district, while her mother Yashodha is a native of Akkunje and owns farmland. Ashwini thus hails from a middle class agriculturist family. 

Ashwini is the last among the couple's three children. Chidanand Shetty settled down in Akkunje 15 years ago, in accordance to Bunts families’ ancestral hierarchy. The family has nearly five acres of farmland, where they cultivate paddy and areca, palm plantations and live modestly.  

Chidanand and Yashoda’s son Amit is settled in Bangalore and is into real estate business, while their elder daughter Dipti is serving as a lecturer in Shankaranarayana Government First Grade College.

Though sports runs in her family as her grandfather Subbanna Shetty was an ace swimmer and uncles were also locally famed in sports; the achievement of Ashwini has indeed surprised the family and relatives. Ashwini’s athletic skills were first identified during her early studies at Hosangady KPC English Medium School, who was referred for further training in Bangalore by youth service and sports department. 

She was fortunate to get ace coach Manjunath who enrolled her at Tata Academy in Jamshedpur, north India, where she excelled and brought laurels to India by competing in athletic meets in Malaysia, Vietnam, Ukraine, Iran, and Beijing in China. 

She was trained at Sports Authority of India, Patiala where she bagged first place in 400 meters hurdles during the athletic meet held in Tiruvanantapuram and qualified to compete in CWG.

Akkunje and Ashwini, the Synonyms

If it’s Deepika's gold medal win in national pole vault competitions that brought fame to Amapar village that lies on the other side of Akkunje, it is Ashwini’s marvelous feat that has set an example to others of the fact that strong determination to succeed in any situation brings rewards. Nearly 400 families of diverse culture and religions live in Akkunje and are jubilant about Ashwini's achievement. 

While rough terrain helped twenty-three-year-old Ashwini to improve her running skills since her childhood, the family support has gone into her shaping as an international athlete with due encouragement from her coach.   


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  • beena, mangalore

    Wed, Dec 1 2010

    congrats Ashwini keep it up..........best of luck for olympics............

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  • avani, mangalore/uae

    Tue, Nov 30 2010

    I am sure that Ashwini will make all of us proud once again in olympics. I can see in her face that confidence and determination. I pray God to fulfill her ambiton of reachng her destination. I suggest the people of Kundapur should erect a statue of her in a central place so that people for gnerations will remember her as a great achiever, especially girls to get inspired.

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  • SALEEM, MANGALORE

    Tue, Nov 30 2010

    My dear Politicians insted of eating money allot some funds to sports and developlement of sports person and you will see India will be in top rank in olympics. CONTRATULATION TO ALL WINERS AND WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU.

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  • ARUN SALIS, ATTUR,KARKALA

    Tue, Nov 30 2010

    Congrats ASHWINI,god bless u .
    achive more & more medals in u r life.

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  • AM DMello, Pangala / Riyadh

    Tue, Nov 30 2010

    Congrats Ashwini at your great achievement. May you get all the required support to reach greater heights and may our youngsters take you as a role model in shaping their future.
    as role model

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  • elroy dsouza, padukone saudi arabia

    Tue, Nov 30 2010

    congratulatios on your success, we are very proud of you and look forward to gold in the london olympics . god bless and good luck

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  • M.Bhat, Udupi, Udupi / Abu Dbhabi

    Tue, Nov 30 2010

    ಹಳ್ಳಿ ಹುಡುಗಿ ಚಿನ್ನ ಗೆದ್ದು, ದೇಶಕ್ಕೇ ಹೆಸರು ತಂದಳು.... ಹೌದು, ಸರಿಯದ ಉತ್ತೇಜನ ಹಾಗು ತರಬೇತಿ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದಲ್ಲಿ, ಇನ್ನೂ ಹಲವಾರು ಹಳ್ಳಿಯ ಪ್ರತಿಭೆಗಳು ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರ, ಅಂತರಾಷ್ಟ್ರಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಿಂಚುವ ಅವಕಾಶಗಳಿಗೆಕಾದಿವೆ. ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ಬೇಕಾದುದು ತುಂಬು ಮನಸ್ಸಿನ,ಯಾವುದೇ ರಾಜಕೀಯವಿಲ್ಲದ ಸಹಕಾರ ಸರಕಾರ, ಸಂಘ, ಸಂಸ್ಥೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಮಹಾ ಧಾನಿಗಳಿಂದ ದೊರೆಯಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ. ಹಾಗಾಗಲೆಂದು ಹಾರೈಸುವೆನು.

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  • edwin kaup, kaup

    Tue, Nov 30 2010

    ASHWINI great girl Achive more & more in your life god bless you

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  • Wilson DSouza, Paladka

    Tue, Nov 30 2010

    Congrats Ashwini. Also wonderful pictures by Aishwarya Beejadi.

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  • shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi

    Tue, Nov 30 2010

    Dear Ashwini, May Lord of Universe bless you and cherish you throughout your life. Your are not only pride of Akkunje, but also pride of our great nation. Keep it up and keep moving upto great heights. Congratulations...

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  • Ravindra Nayak, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 30 2010

    God bless you ashwini. Proud to be a mangalorean.

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  • ranjith shetty, udupi/ london

    Tue, Nov 30 2010

    Congrats Ashwini and co.we r proud of u. all the best in future. you deserve to get district facilitation rather than politions get all the time in our region i belive !!!!

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  • ravi shetty, jubail ksa

    Tue, Nov 30 2010

    Congrats Ashwini.we r proud of u. all the best in future.

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  • Roshan D Souza, Mangalore/Qatar

    Tue, Nov 30 2010

    Congrats Ashwini....Keep it up..Best of luck for Olympics...

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  • gulam, mangalore

    Tue, Nov 30 2010

    nice to see such a girl becouse she is from village area,we have to appreciate her hard work,dedication,determination i really thank full to ashwini to made us proud today,well done.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, MANGALORE/BAHRAIN

    Tue, Nov 30 2010

    Gr8......let us celebrate this achievment by our beloved sports personalities who made us to be proud.

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  • Vasant Raj, Udupi/Abudhabi

    Tue, Nov 30 2010

    Congrats Ashwini, you are rocking..keep it up.

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  • Ronnie, Kinnigoli/Canada

    Tue, Nov 30 2010

    Perhaps Ashwini and Akkunje are the only two inspirational names which bring some kind of hope to the millions of middle class Indians in our districts who have been watching the filth of shameless self serving looters in the political class spewed by various media channels in our country.

    Wish you all the best Ashwini and God bless you. You have provided hope for us Indians who live far away from our motherland. I wish that your success will inspire at least a few honest and able younger generations around our rural neighborhood. Also wish that every school in Udupi and Mangalore district will talk about your success to their pupils. A few schools can take a lead by naming their playgrounds after you.

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  • Chetan.Shetty, Mangalore.India

    Tue, Nov 30 2010

    Ashwini has proved that hard work always pays off. U Keep going and make all Indians proud again & again .

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  • Bulsam, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 30 2010

    Comgratulations to the daughters of our soil Ashwini Akkunje and Mamatha Poojary. We all are proud of you the rural talents.
    Keep it up and God bless.

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  • Sudeer Shetty, Bellala/Kundapura/Mumbai

    Tue, Nov 30 2010

    Nice to hear about such a great girl from our nearest village. Most of our village side people are very sportive in nature. But due to not availability of the basic infrastructure keep them away from the success. But the way ASHWINI showed her capability to the entire world is commanadble. All the very best for her future. Hope to she her winning Olympic meadle to our country. All educated people come forward and help those deserved to get. Lots of our native children are not getting proper edcuation.Soemthing needs to be done. Once again all the very best to ASHWINI. Achive more and more in your life.

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  • Louis D'Souza, Udupi/Kuwait

    Tue, Nov 30 2010

    GOD BLESS HER N HER FAMILY FOR BRINGING GLORY TO OUR STATE N NATION. 2GOLDS IN TRACK EVENTS,ONLY IN MENS TENNIS SINGLES N DOUBLES INDIAN BOY EQUALED HER RECORD.

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