HAVALDAR Rohit < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA India   
Gender Men
Born 26 Aug 1989 in Kolhapur, IND
Height1.80 m
Weight 74 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Bangalore, IND
Occupation Student
Languages Hindi, Kannada, English
Higher education Commerce - SBM Jain College, Bangalore University: Bangalore, IND
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He started in Mumbai.
Why this sport? When he was a child he would play in the natural pool that would form outside his home each monsoon. "Back then, my sister used to train at Mulund Gymkhana and I used to go watch her. But to be honest, I had more fun playing with water when my mother washed clothes in the bathroom or getting dirty in the makeshift pool outside my house with friends. This love for water is precisely why I got into the sport," he said.
Club / Team Basavanagudi Aquatic Center: Bangalore, IND
Name of coach Pradeep Kumar
Coach from which country? India
International Debut
Year 2006
General Interest
Hero / Idol Swimmers Grant Hackett and Aaron Peirsol, and his toughest local competitor Virdhawal Khade. (mumbaipluses.com, 08 Nov 2008)
Other information LONG TO SHORT
Having been a long distance swimmer through most of his career, with a focus on 1500m event, he decided to take up shorter distances as well after narrowly missing out on an Olympic berth at Beijing. (mumbaipluses.com, 08 Nov 2008)

FATHER'S DEDICATION
His father worked for an insurance firm, but took a voluntary retirement scheme offered by his employer so that he could support his son's passion and move the family to places with better training facilities. His father never misses a meet, and loves running along the side of the pool yelling support at his son. (mumbaipluses.com, 08 Nov 2008)