Kanchanmala Pande is a visually impaired para swimmer. She was 10 years old when her father took her to the swimming pool for her to exercise. Her technique was superb from early on and she decided to enter competitions based on her progress and has been shining since then at the national and international level.
It has been a hard road for Kanchan, who was initially not allowed to participate in swimming competitions as she was a differently abled athlete. There were no competitions for differently abled athletes in her early competing days and she wasn’t provided with an escort for her first few competitions despite being blind, but her self-belief has turned her into an incredible paraathlete. She is very independent and manages to do everything alone. She has a great team working with her and they, along with the GoSports Foundation, are working to keep her healthy and fit for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Her coach, Dr. Pravin Lamkhade, is a very knowledgeable man and has been training Kanchan for a couple of years.
Kanchanmala won a silver medal in the IDM Berlin 2017 Para Swimming World Series. She had to take a loan from her employer to compete in this event, as it was the final qualifying event for the World Championships, where she went on to win the gold medal in her event.
- Gold medal, Para Swimming World Championships, 2017
- Silver medal at IDM Berlin 2017 Para Swimming World Series, Berlin, 2017.
- Finished 4th in Para Asian Games, 2010