Tata Steel Adventure Foundation’s (TSAF) cadet Anisha Verma (15) from Jamshedpur became the first female climber from East Zone (Jharkhand, West Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha) to win a medal at the Asian Youth Championship. The championship, organised by International Federation of Sport Climbing and Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), was held in Bengaluru from December 11-15, 2019.
Anisha Verma trains at Tata Steel Adventure Foundation, JRD Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur. She represented India in ‘Youth B’ category in lead and speed climbing. She finished 2nd in speed climbing and 4th in lead climbing.
More than 110 athletes from 12 Asian countries took part in the championship. Anisha lost to Tanzila Ospan from Kazakhstan by a small margin of 0.2 seconds for the gold medal run. She reached finals after beating Sania Shaikh from India in semi-finals. Sania Shaikh won the bronze medal.
Along with Anisha, Aman Verma was also selected to represent India in lead and speed climbing. Aman finished 4th in lead event.
Anisha Verma studies in Std. 7 in RMS School, Jamshedpur.
Both the cadets, Anisha Verma and Aman Verma, have been training at TSAF for the past three years. They have performed well with Anisha Verma, National record holder in speed climbing, winning four Gold Medals and Aman Verma winning one Gold Medal and two Silver Medals at the IMF All India Sport Climbing Championships this year. The excellent performance of Anisha and Aman has placed them at the 1st position in National rankings in the Junior category, thus ensuring their selection to represent India at the Asian Youth Championship.
The TSAF team is trained by coaches, Bibhas Roy and Babulal Rawat.