Turning Passion into a Career

Updated May 30, 2023

Passion for Talented Maana Patel started at a very young age. She shares that her family never thought that she will one day pick Swimming as her career path. In 2008, when Maana was 8 years old, her mother enrolled her in a Summer swimming camp. So she can have an appetite to eat at the end of the day.

But what started as a summer activity very quickly became a passion for Maana, and later turned into a career. 

And in 2010, she decided that she is going to take Swimming professionally, and there was no looking back! In 2011 She won her first national award. And in 2013 she was awarded India’s Fastest Backstroke Swimmer – Female in 50m, 100m & 200m categories. From here it was an upward trajectory for Maana. She represented India in the International Race in 2014 and won 3 gold medals! 

“When you set a goal, you need to work hard towards it. While you be true to yourself in the entire process .”

Maana Patel in swimming costume
Image Courtesy: Maulik Patel: Be Unique Studio

She shares that her Family and school were very supportive of her swimming career. Which boosted her confidence to manage her studies and swim together and score great marks in her 12th standard. 

Maana always wanted to compete in the Olympics ever since she started her career in swimming. But she could not qualify for 2016’s Olympics in Rio. She shares that it made her more determined to do better and qualify for 2020’s Olympics in Tokyo. 

But it was not easy for her. In 2017 she suffered a labrum tear which kept her out of the water for almost 8 months. Post-recovery it was tough to get back to their old form as she lacked strength. Due to this she struggled with depression and lost her will to swim as well! 

But while she lost her confidence, her team never doubted her caliber and kept pushing her and motivating her! And in 2018 after 14 months she decided to put her fears behind her and follow her passion.

She participated in a race and broke her own record in 100 meters backstroke. This race was a huge confidence booster for her! In the same year, she competed in the South Asian Games. And won 1 Gold, 4 Slivers, and 1 bronze medal! 

“I’m so glad  that my team never stopped believing in me and never let me hang my suit.”

And in 2020 she hit her biggest milestone when she qualified for the Olympics 2020! But again the world was hit with a pandemic and swimming pools were closed for the longest time. So to maintain her form she did home workouts. And once the pools reopened,  with proper strategic planning she started her training. 

Manna Patel is swimming in the swimming pool
Image Courtesy: Maulik Patel: Be Unique Studio

Personal Belief & Mantra

“If you learn to control your mind, understand and analyze and then align your mind with your body you can do wonders. There is always so much more than you can do .”

Idea of Success 

My idea of success is becoming a better version of yourself. Becoming better than what you were yesterday. Learning small things in life is also a part of it. 

My future goal would be to represent India at the Asian and commonwealth games and bring medals for the country. 

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