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He overcame ADHD to become a certfied swimmer

Shashank Mahesh, who lives in Bengaluru, was diagnosed as an autistic child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD< when he was four years old.

His parents put him into swimming classes hoping this will reduce his hyperactivity. They never dreamed that this would lead to Shashank becoming a champion swimmer.

He has won three gold medals at the recent 16th National Paraswimming Championship in Udaipur.

It needed a lot of effort to make Shashank understand the strokes and follow them. To get him into water, make him swim and follow instructions was also not easy.

Today he is India's only S14-certified (disability swimming classification) paralympian swimmer. But he is yet to get any financial support from the Karnataka government. His parents have spent their own money in getting him to all the events in India and abroad.



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