Bengali girl Romina Gupta makes the US National team for Acrobatic Gymnastics
17-year-old Bengali Girl Romina Gupta, a resident of Silicon Valley makes the US national team for acrobatic gymnastics. Romina, living with her Kolkata born parents has been a gymnast for 14 years, now preparing for the 2016 World Championships in China.
“Being named a US national team member has been a whirlwind experience for me. I know the road to the World Championships will be tough, but I will work my hardest to fulfill my dreams,” Romina said.
After taking home gold and silver medals at the 2013, 2014 and 2015 US nationals, Romina and teammates Anika Rix and Caitlynn Guzman competed in the USA gymnastics national championships in the most competitive ‘elite’ category.
Romina started off as an artistic gymnast when still a toddler. But he had to give it up because of health issues. She tried diving and track athletics before she got hooked on to acrobatic gymnastics, a relatively new form that started in the Soviet Union in the 1930s and is growing in popularity.
She has also created an NGO called iFly that can help at-risk young girls use gymnastics to gain self-esteem,” said Romina’s mother, Reenita, a Loreto House and St. Xaviers’ College, Kolkata alumni.
Romina said: “I could not have done it without my family. I will not only represent the US, but Kolkata as well — and my family members who have inspired me to be what I am today.”
“The best part of walking around in Kolkata is the smell of phuchka and singara and returning to a home-cooked meal of luchi-aloor dum,” “Ever since I was a baby, I have been visiting India regularly. Some of my best memories are of our Short Street home. It was where my aunt dressed me in my first saree. When I was younger, I would cry every year because I didn’t want to go back to America,” she said.
She makes India proud every time she competes for United States. We wish her all the best for all her future endeavours.
Original article published in The times of India
Image source: Romina Bella Instagram
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