PV Sindhu :The Golden Girl
A well-known name all over the world. She has captured hearts because of her consistent performance in all her tournaments. No other Indian sports person has achieved what she has in her career. Over the years Sindhu has won several medals at numerous tournaments including a gold at the world championships. She was among the prestigious few who won a medal at the Tokyo Olympics this year.
She is the first Indian to become the Badminton World champion and the second Indian to win two consecutive medals at the Olympic games.
Globally she is the second woman to win five or more medals at the world championships. She is a winner of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and the Arjuna Award. She also got the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award, in March 2015
Nature Vs Nurture
Both her parents are athletes, therefore her interest in sports is no surprise. Her father too received the Arjuna Award in 2000 for his contribution to the field of sport.
When did her journey begin?
PV Sindhu started as young as the age of eight. She entered the international circuit at the age of 14yrs. Her parents gave her tremendous support during her training. Her father, Gopichand showed immense commitment towards her training. He displayed it in his consistency in taking her to practice everyday as early as 3am. The drive to the Training Academy was 60-km long and twice a day.
P V Sindhu is known to have made many small sacrifices for the joy of sport. In 2012, she missed her sister’s wedding. She also is said to have gone on a digital fast for three months to help her focus on her training for the Olympics. She is also someone who likes meditation and swimming.
The Power of practice
There is no secret to Sindhu’s success, it is sheer hard work that has put her name in the Forbes list of Highest-Paid Female Athletes in 2018 and 2019. PV Sindhu is known for her harsh practice regimen. She starts off as early as 7am and continues working for 5 hours every day. She also practices good habits like sleeping early and waking up early.
It should be of no surprise that at 26, PV Sindhu is one the youngest recipients of the Padma Bhushan! Her current collections of awards include two Olympic medals and five World Championship medals. What a feat that is! She has been lauded by the President, Ram Nath Kovind and the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi for her outstanding performance in the Olympics. She is the yardstick of consistency, dedication and excellence for other aspiring athletes.
Type of Intelligence
Do you think that PV Sindhu can be considered intelligent if she did not score well in academics? What kind of intelligence then, does PV Sindhu have?
According to the Theory of multiple intelligences by Howard Gardner, a renowned psychologist, individuals can exhibit any of the eight types of intelligence he listed.
According to this theory, people who exhibit Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence often show excellent hand-eye coordination, dexterity, gross motor skills and fine motor skills. It is quite possible that PV Sindhu has a high score in the Bodily-Kinesthetic type of Intelligence. As it is popularly known among educational experts that people this type of intelligence is found among Athletes, Architects, Surgeons etc.,
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