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Kutraleeswaran, Chennai's famous swimmer. He is also named as Born Star of waters. He have stopped swimming and have become a software engineer.



A Born Star of the Waters, one who could tame the waters with ease, is a famous sport personality, none other than Kutraleeswaran.

Born in the state of Tamil Nadu in 1981, Kutraleeswaran became one life with water at an early age of three. His native place, Erode, was the first time get in water place of his life where he was crying because his father did not let him in to water. Finally, hearing his child's vowes, Kutraleeswaran's father pushed him in to the pond and after a little initial scaring, Kutraleeswaran began to love the waters.

Kutraleeswaran as a child swimming star

Kutraleeswaran's father taught him to swim in his second standard vacation, and soon his coach decided to send him on a short distance swimming competition as he realized that Kutraleeswaran had a bright future in it. The competition was a Rippon Meet and Kutraleeswaran bagged his first ever medal in his life.

His confidence grew and then he left the pools and ponds and started to practice in the Seas.

Kutraleeswaran as his confidence grew

Kutraleeswaran never feared the huge waves and tides of the sea. He was very well mentally prepared for it and thus never ran back from the tides and waves.

By the age of 10, Kutraleeswaran had participated in several short distance competitions and then he ventured in for the first time to swim in the sea for a 5 kilometer swim in the Seas of Madras (Now Chennai).

The then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalitha Jayaram had asked him to swim the Palk Strait and also agreed to sponsor on behalf of Government of Tamil Nadu, for Kutraleeswaran to swim across the English Channel.

Then in the year 1994, Kutraleeswaran swam the English Channel Six times, breaking Mihir Sen's Record of swimming the Channel 5 times in a year.

Kutraleeswaran then started participating in long distance swimming competitions in various countries like, Australia, Italy, Turkey etc.

He suffered a set back in his ordeal of succeeding in Swimming as he did not get sponsorship from the government or even from the sponsors. He had to cancel his tour to Germany at the last moment just because the sponsors had denied of sponsorship at the last hour.

His father tried a lot and also with private sponsors but always had a disastrous end.

As time passed on, Kutral agreed to the fact that He could not continue in his swimming career and then shifted to academics.

His father had hopes that Kutral could get into swimming after his 12th, but could not because of poor support to sports personalities. Kutral feels that Cricket and Tennis are the only sports that get sponsored. He feels that every sport should be sponsored and then only sport talent can come up in India.

From 12th standard, he pursued his Engineering education and then he completed his Masters in Engineering in the United States of America.

He has turned away from his desire of becoming a sport personality and now is perfect in academics and profession.

Kutraleeswaran (Kutral) now feels that water is now only for recreational purposes and not for getting wet.

He recently met Jayalalitha Jayaram in 2005 and donated some money for the Tsunami hit people in Tamil Nadu.

Kutraleeswaran desires to open a swimming academy in India in some time of his life.

Such has been the story of a born swimmer that he had to leave swimming as a career because of lack of Sponsorship and had to choose Academics for having a good settlement in life.

Kutraleeswaran donated money for Tsunami affected people
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