“She has been interested in sports since she was a toddler. I’d take her out for a run and I can’t forget how she would enjoy racing against the wind with her tiny feet. She was made to achieve greatness, and we will do everything we can to help her realize her dreams.”
A typical Indian parent thinks education is everything. We dream of our children going to the best schools, graduating with the highest marks, joining the top colleges and settling down to be doctors, engineers, lawyers and top notch professionals. We approve a few selected career choices, ignore several, and disapprove many such as arts and sports.
Unlike stereotypical parents, the Bishts saw true talent in their child. They understood that Unnati had something extremely special that was waiting to be nurtured and set free. They encouraged her talent and passion for sports, and not long after, others began to see it too. When Unnati began playing badminton, her trainer observed that she is a natural with a knack for learning techniques very quickly. On his recommendation, she was enrolled in a Dehradun indoor court and began formal training.
Soon, Unnati began to make history. She became the first girl from Uttarkhand to win a bronze in the Women’s Singles Category at the National Badminton Championship. Her list of achievements include:
- Two- time winner of gold in Under 13 category in Women’s Doubles at National Level
- Silver in Under 15 category in Women’s Doubles at National Level
- Bronze in Under 15 Category in Women’s Singles at National Level
- Gold in Under 17 category in Women’s Doubles National Level
- Participated in the Under-17 Indian team at Asian Badminton Championship held in Indonesia in 2016
Talented or not, Unnati works as hard as she can. Her day begins at 5 A.M. as she gets ready and heads straight down to the court at 6:00 A.M., where she trains for 8 hours. Despite her hectic schedule, Unnati manages to make time for tuitions and study well. This kind of dedication she has the sport certainly requires appreciation and encouragement from the country as she ultimately dreams of bringing glory to India.
Coached by the most respected names in the Indian badminton fraternity, S.M. Arif and Goverdhan Reddy, she is preparing to represent India in the 2020 Olympics.
Why should you contribute?
We want Indians to win more medals in International championships. Unfortunately, our players do not get as much encouragement or adequate financial assistance to do their best. Unnati’s coaching has been intensified over the last few months along with participation in many tournaments to push her ranking. She now requires approximately Rs 55,000 per month to cover all expenses including gear, diet, coach and more. Her family has already put all of their savings for Unnati's coaching. In fact, her father has already invested his entire GPF funds on her.
Unnati’s father earns Rs. 27000, lives away from his wife and daughter. Her mother lives with her and forgoes every tiny pleasure in life to save every penny so they can contribute the maximum towards their daughter’s future. This family does not go to the movies, dine out or even shop for anything that is not a bare necessity. In fact, they haven’t even met any of their relatives in the past three years.
Break up of funds
We are fundraising to help Unnati with her expenses for the next 3 months which is why the goal amount is Rs. 1.65 lakhs.
Rs. 20000 Hostel fee per month
Rs. 8000 Shuttlecock barrels per month
Rs. 10000 Badminton shoes every 3 months
Rs. 6000 String gutting per month
Rs. 6000 Juice and Fruits per month
Rs. 14000 Racquets once a year
Rs. 25000 Travel and Participation expenses per tournament
Unnati's already getting good moral support from her coaches and her mother, however, the only requirement is enough funds which why your contributions are important.
With a little push from us, there would be nothing in her way of bringing our country glory at the International tournaments.
Let us come forward and support the athletes of future.