Dr.Khyati Vakharia is a promising Indian athlete seeking funding to embark on a world class training program to help her challenge for medals at the international level. Khyati, who earned her medical degree from BMCRI, Bangalore, is National Champion in Pole Vault, winning gold in every national level event she entered in 2013.
Khyati cleared 4.00 metres for the first time at the 2013 Federation Cup in Patiala and went on to repeat the feat at National Inter-State Championships in Chennai. Khyati also won gold in National Open Championships in 2013 to complete a clean sweep of the national titles in 2013. Making her international debut, Khyati Vakharia set a new high for an Indian in international meets at Asian Track & Field Championships in Pune.
Khyati took up Pole Vault in 2009 after a successful career in Gymnastics. Khyati is a 4-time Karnataka State Champion and won medals at national level in Gymnastics. She went on to represent India at 2007 Fit Kid World Championships in Malaysia, finishing 12th.
Khyati has decided to put her medical career on hold to target international medals in Pole Vault. Khyati is keen to win medals in India colours at Asian, Commonwealth and World level on the way to 2016 Olympics in Rio. As the first step, Khyati undertook a thorough analysis of her performances to identify what is required for her to step up to the next level and compete for medals on the World stage. After a thorough search, Khyati has decided to train full time at World Athletics Center(WAC) in Phoenix, Arizona.
WAC, founded by former World and Olympic Champion John Godina, is training base for some of the best pole vaulters in the world including former World Champions Brad Walker and Steve Hooker. WAC's jumps program is overseen by Dan Pfaff, who has helped a number of talented athletes win Olympic gold.
Khyati needs to raise $54,000 for 12 month training program at WAC. The funding will cover the annual membership fee for WAC, training facilties in US, competition costs for the next year and living expeses during her training in US.
Institutional Sponsors have pledged support up to $35,000 and Khyati is keen to raise the remainig funds at the earliest to give her time to prepare for the competitions ahead.
If you need any further details, you are welcome to contact Khyati's father, Mr.Sharad Vakharia, on +91 9845979050. Alternatively, please email [email protected] or reach out to Khyati directly at [email protected].