Every person has a dream, but to chase the dream is hard and only a few can catch it.
It’s my dream to become a sports person, my determination towards my dream helps to reach it as being a member of the first Nepali official national rafting team. My dream journey has begun; I’m one step closer but still have a very long way to go to achieve it. An individual’s dream never succeeds in a team until all team member’s dreams are the same. It was Nepal Kayak and Canoe Club that made it possible for all of us, dreamers, to come together and turn our dreams into reality. Our concentration and hard work made us closer to our dream and we wouldn’t be that close without Nepal Kayak and Canoe Club. All the support, training and guidance from NKCC allow us to stand proud and be the Nepal national rafting team. Thanks to all that have supporting us, the dream and hard work will be worthwhile, and with good focus, management, and proper training we will go a long way.
Recently we were lucky enough to get the opportunity to receive training under the Nepal Army professional sportsperson trainer Capt. Rajiv Chand. When we first heard about this idea, we all thought, why is our club sending us to dry land? Why are they not focusing on river techniques and physical fitness directly related to our sport?
At the Army camp, the big gate opened. Capt. Rajiv was there to greet us and we greeted back, right away he asked us to carry every single item we were travelling with and stand on line. At this point we all realized that we are locked in the Army Camp and that there was no turning back, there was no other choice than to listen and obey. Right after we got on line with all our belonging’s Capt. Rajiv asked us to run on the tracks with all our belonging’s. We all thought that this was a joke at first, we had just arrived from a 5-hours Nepali highway ride and many of us weren’t even equipped to run a kilometre. We did the run… After completion Capt. Rajiv explained us the motive behind that type of welcome. It was to check our discipline and make us realize that we should not be afraid of the unexpected. It m perfect sense, it boosted our energy and expectations but it also left us with a febrile feeling wondering what would come next?
Me, as a team captain, I was definitely feeling more pressure. In the past I have always found it difficult being captain not having as many years of experience as others and all members of the team being my closest friends. Mid training, I injured myself and doctor the advised me to rest, however I remember all those words from my coaches, and all I knew was that I needed to be there not only for myself but for the team. I never took that rest. During this training, Capt. Rajiv once pulled me aside and talked me through my role as a team captain, telling me that I need to be tougher than the boys, I need to be the role model for the boys. It is not about being the best of all but being the motivation and inspiration for all. With the guidance I have received from all our coaches and supporters, I feel like I have learned true captainship and I will try my hardest to do what I need to do for our team. Today, our team is thankful for this unforgettable and priceless opportunity, training with the fittest in Nepal. During our time there, we learned about strategies, team work, how to trust & respect each other better, how to look out for each other, how to improve our fitness, what the true meaning of being an athlete is, and so on. I truly feel like we walked away with so much knowledge that we would never have managed to grasp anywhere else in such a short time. Did I mention our physical fitness yet? Wow, we physically feel much stronger than we ever were, we feel like we understand our body and muscles a lot better today than we ever did, we feel like we can sprint with our raft, but most importantly we feel that we have become a lot stronger as a team both mentally & physically. We walked away from Army training camp with even higher expectations than before. Will that be enough to fight for the title in the World Championship in October?
The team is of course going through more struggles than one can think of. Becoming athletes in one of the poorest country, where the system is so corrupted is a not easy and is a struggle! Himalayan River Guide Association and Nepal Kayak & Canoe Club have financially supported our training and all our expenses till now. However, we, as athletes have our own struggle too. We need to work and go far… Tak B Gurung had a work contract in India starting in April. He had to make the tough decision to either stay and train with the team or go to work so he could afford to live and support his family. Luckily for our team he chose to train with us. Prakash Gurung who also had a contract in Japan also postponed his contract to complete the training at Army camp… and this is the case for almost all the other team members. We are learning to make compromises for the team. We are in a dilemma as to whether we should continue our training and break our contracts.
Although all of us are leaving Nepal to work before the championship, I have gained confidence in my team. We will all continue our fitness training and we will pick up from where we had left it in September when we regroup in Japan. It will be hard but we are & will be one step closer to achieve our dream together.
Never stop dreaming… With hard work and dedication, we, you, can create a change. We, dreamers haven’t stopped dreaming… We will achieve our dream in participating in the world championship with true dedication and proper training. But we require motivation, help and support from our associations and nation because we are also believing in the dream of developing this sport. We will proudly represent every single person who want to be an athlete Nepal, and show that everybody can have a dream and get closer to it with just dedication and hard work.
Nepal National Rafting Team