Despite coming from a humble background, he fought against all odds and achieved unconventional success the game. His inspiration feat has proved that destiny can be rewritten by one's conviction to resist against prevailing conditions.

Gaikwad, 35, working as a bus conductor in Sangli, became an athlete without support from a professional coach. A self trained sportsperson, Gaikwad had no enough money to participate in Australian tournament.

After seeing his dedication for the game, Gaikwad's colleagues from Maharashtra State Regional Transport Corporation (MSRTC) and his family extended monetary support of Rs 2.5 lakh.

Apart from it, senior officials in his department shifted him to internal duty at close to the depot so that he can continue his practices for the game.

Australian Masters Games is a biennial sport event. Fifty different games are played in Australian Masters Games where sportsmen aged over 30 years can participate.

Before benchmark success in Australia, he won many district, state and national level championships. Also, Gaikwad had successful tour of Italy in 2013 where he grabbed two gold medals in javelin and discus throw at the Torino International Masters Games.

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Source: Yourstory

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