Bhavani Devi enrolled in fencing classes in school just to get some time away from academics. She is now a nine-time national champion in the sport! Initially in her career she used to practice with sticks on badminton courts, saving the professional sword usage only for tournaments. She also used crowdfunding websites in her early days to meet her funding requirements. Bhavani Devi is the shining beacon of hope for India’s place in the world of fencing. If she persists at her current ranking, she could become India’s first ever fencer to qualify for the Olympics in 2020.
Is selected for RDAMP
Support provided for Sports science requirements; nutrition requirements; mental conditioning sessions; access to High Performance coaching; provided injury rehab; and paid tournament expense for her and her coach
Becomes the first-ever Indian fencer to win a gold medal at a Satellite Grade tournament - Turnoi Satellite Fencing Championships in Iceland
Finishes 26th in the World Cup – the highest by any Indian