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For this fencing champ, goals extend beyond medals

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V. Desni V. Desni is all set to take part in the next edition of Asian Games to be held in Indonesia.

What’s a fencer doing in a cooperative department? Fending for herself, to be sure. But V. Desni has no cause to draw out her epee or foil (sword) here. On the contrary, it’s the medals and awards she won for fencing that has fetched her an LD clerk’s job in the dept. A visibly happy fencer says the job is a recognition for the laurels she won. Though she was eminently eligible for a secretariat’s assistant’s post, the clerical job she has finally landed after a two-year wait is well worth its merit, she feels. Desni has no complaints, whatsoever. She’s in total sync with her job.

She has lost count of the number of medals she won for the country from 2004 to 2017. Not only those, but a good many state school medals also poured into her home in West Hill all through those years. Desni, daughter of former footballer V. Vinodkumar and wife Reena, took to the sport while in class seven. Hirendranath was her first coach while in SAI, Thalassery. Later on, she was coached by Sagar S. Lagoo.

The young fencer who is all set to take part in the next edition of Asian Games to be held in Indonesia, is at present training under Sheeja Hamsaraj, at the elite training camp in Kochi. Quite an ace in Kalari, she trained with Chandran Gurukkal and her father Vinodkumar up to class seven. A graduate engineer in computer science from Govt Engineering College, Kannur, Desni’s first posting has been to the Cooperative Bhavan, Puthiyara. The job she had been looking forward to since the last two years came to her while she was in the coaching camp in Kochi. The job will now give her an added impetus to perform well, she says.

In her bulging kitty of medals are covetable ones like bronze for junior Commonwealth champ, gold and silver for South Asian championships and a whole lot of other international laurels. She has put up stellar performances at the Asian Championship. Following in her footsteps is Ashwin, who is already a Kalari champ.

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