DSOUZA Aaron < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA India   
Gender Men
Born 21 Jul 1992 in Bombay, IND
Height1.80 m
Weight 70 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Rakshitha Velani D'Souza
Residence Bengaluru, IND
Occupation Athlete, Railway Worker
Languages English, Hindi
Higher education Biotechnology, Genetics - Jain University: Bengaluru, IND
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He learned to swim at age three and started competing at age five.
Why this sport? His mother wanted him to swim to stay fit.
Club / Team Railway Sports Promotion Board [RSPB]: India
Name of coach Nihar Ameen [national], IND
General Interest
Hobbies Watching Formula One races. (sportskeeda.com, 26 Apr 2016)
Hero / Idol Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe and US swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. (sportskeeda.com, 26 Apr 2016)
Awards and honours In 2009 he received the Ekalavya Award from Karnataka government for his achievements in the sport. (Facebook profile, 05 May 2018)
Other information FAMILY SUPPORT
His parents lived in Mumbai for 25 years before moving to Bangalore to aid his training. "To further my career, my parents quit their jobs and moved to Bangalore and started tutorials so they could ferry me around." (daijiworld.com, 23 Oct 2008; deccanchronicle.com, 22 Mar 2012)

RETIREMENT THOUGHTS
He considered quitting the sport after failing to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. "I narrowly missed out on the Beijing Olympics berth in 2008 and I was shattered. I thought I didn't have it in me to fulfil my ambitions and my parents were investing hugely in my career. But my father and coach sat me down told me not to give up and some timely sponsorship helped me tide over the crisis then." (daijiworld.com, 23 Oct 2008; deccanchronicle.com, 22 Mar 2012)

OCCUPATION
He joined the Indian Railways under a sports quota programme that allows him to train and compete internationally. (thehindu.com, 10 Oct 2017)