It is certainly a known fact that each one of us have nurtured dreams since our childhood and these include a few big ones. But it is only a few of them who manage to realise their dreams. While many out there prefer terming these dreamers as lucky, it is only they who fulfill them know about the hard work that has gone into making their dreams come true like in the case of fencer, Mounica Paturu.
Currently representing India in the Epee event in the Second South Asian Fencing Championship, this fencer has participated in the Commonwealth Junior Fencing Tournament held in England earlier this year and won the third place.
She then took part in the World Fencing Championships held in Russia but saw a drop in her performance as a bout of food poisoning left her indisposed.
Unlike her counterparts, the 17-year-old player has lived in America for a major part of her life. Though a green card holder, Mounica is yet to get an American citizenship. Because of which she represents India and not the US. It was during her 10th grade that she took up the sport for some entertainment but soon found herself on the path of carving a niche in the world of fencing.
She was made the captain of her school (West Windsor Plainsboro High School, North) team in her 12th grade. She later went onto win the gold in the North American Division II games.
Staying in one country and representing another, though exciting, is also a hindrance on more instances than one for this teenager. There have been situations where she felt neglected by the team and coaches; there have been times when coaches promoted other players but left her out. But this did not deter the young fencer’s dreams and is now glad with the team she currently plays with.
An aspiring student of medicine, Mounica has many hurdles to cross to be able to play this sport, yet her love for the game takes precedence and this helps her play it every single moment she can.