Sub-Junior and Junior National Aquatic Championships for 8 consecutive years.She has won 146 national medals, and 36 medals in international competitions, including five gold medals.She was the first sportsperson to receive the Government of India Scholarship for Assistance to Promising Sportsperson.
National swimmer Shikha Tandon is an inspiration to anybody, in any field.
Early Life and Education:-She was born on January 20,1985. She hails from Bangalore, India.Her father Rahul Tandon spend between Rs 3-5 lakh on her training annually.She has a younger brother called Shobhit, who suffered from asthma.Under advice from doctors, their mother took him swimming to improve his lung capacity, and shikha joined them.Shikha attended Jain College, and then studied biotechnology at Bangalore
University.Shikha is pursuing a Masters’ programme in bio-genetics in the US.
Career:-When she was 12 years old, She was spotted at a state meeting, and was selected to compete in two national events, and won a bronze medal.At 13, she became the youngest Indian qualifier for the Asian Games in 1998. Subsequently, she represented India at the Asian Games in 2002, where she was a finalist and again in 2006.
At the 2001, 28th junior National aquatic championship, She won the 200 m individual medley, setting a new record.In 2002, She finished 8th in the 100 m freestyle event at the 100m freestyle at the Asian Games in Busan. At the 57th Senior National Aquatic Championship in 2003, She broke the Indian women’s 50 freestyle record, with a time of 26.61 s. She won five individual gold medals in the competition, and was declared best swimmer for the third consecutive year.At the 2004 Athens Olympics, She competed in both the 50 m and the 100 m freestyle, the first Indian swimmer to qualify for two separate events in an Olympic competition.In 2005, Shikha held seven national records,and was the first Indian woman to hold so many simultaneously.
At the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, She reached the semi-finals of both 50 m backstroke and 50 m freestyle. In the same year, she became the first female Indian to win an international medal for a short-course event, taking bronze at the indoor Asian age-group swimming Championships in Bangkok.In 2007 She had surgery on her shoulder, and missed many of the season’s events.She Received the Rajyotsava Award in 2008.
Now She is pursuing a Masters’ programme in bio-genetics in the US.And also taking training for the Commonwealth Games.She also received Ekalavya Award 2001 by the State Government of Karnataka, India.
Personal Life:- She is Often called a ‘pool of talent’.She is also known as much for her naturally attractive looks as her achievements in swimming.She works hard on her sport but like most girls her age, doesn’t shy away from letting her hair down on the weekends.Off the pool, she chills out with her friends, mostly the sports and college crowd. Indian T20 star Robin Uthappa and cue ace, Pankaj Adavani are among her good pals.