About Bhakti Sharma
She is an open water swimmer who comes from the desert land of Rajasthan, India. Bhakti Sharma was introduced to deep waters by her mother-cum-coach, Leena Sharma at two and a half years of age. Twenty one years of hard work later, she holds the distinction of being the youngest female swimmer in the world to swim in 4 oceans (Indian, Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic) and 7 seas.
Starting off with her sport in the limits of the pool, Bhakti was a regular podium finisher season after season. Seeing her medal tally rise steeply, perhaps, her coach could sense that swimming in pools was not doing justice to her talent. Bhakti was destined for bigger things. Leena Sharma then made a decision that would change her daughter’s life for the better. She took Bhakti out of the bounds of a pool and transformed her into an open water swimmer.
A sign of things to come was evident when Bhakti set a new state record in her outing as an open water swimmer, at Uran Port in Mumbai. The record books would see a lot more of her from then on, both nationally and internationally.
One of the highlights from her achievements thus far, is the Asian record she shares along with her mother, Leena Sharma, and friend, Priyanka Gehlot, for the first swim by a 3-member women’s relay team across the English Channel. Her biggest feat yet? Creating and sharing a world record with her mother for the first mother-daughter pair to swim across the English Channel.
The Government of India bestowed her with the prestigious ‘Rashtrapati Award’ that goes by the name of the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award for Water Sport in 2011.