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Bhakti Sharma

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Bhaki Sharma was nominated for the 2019 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year category
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Bhakti Sharma, nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, with her coach-mother Leena Sharma, recipients of the Gr8! Women of the Year award

Bhakti Sharma (born 30 November 1989) is an open water swimmer from Rajasthan, India who has completed 2 of the 7 channels in the Oceans Seven. She is currently a Ph.D. Student & Program Coordinator at the University of Florida.

She was awarded the Gr8! Women of the Year award in Mumbai, India together with her mother Leena Sharma and is the youngest female swimmer to swim in the Indian Ocean, Southern Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and Arctic Ocean and the Seven Seas.

Marathon Swimming Career

Open Water Swimming Career

  • 2015: Swam 1.4 miles in 41.14 minutes in Antarctica on 13 January in 1ºC
  • 2010: Swam 1.8 km in 33 minutes in the Arctic Ocean on 9 August in 4-6ºC
  • 2007: Competed in the 6.5 km Swim Around The Rock event in San Francisco, California

Pool Swimming Career

  • 2010: Swam in a swimming pool with 12,500 kg of ice as a practice swim for her swim in the Arctic Ocean on 4 February
  • Finished fourth in Long Distance Open Water Swimming competition held at Girgaun beach, Mumbai, India
  • Participated in 47th National School Swimming Championships under the Aegis of School Games Federation of India at Gandhinagar, Gujarat
  • 2003: Won 2 gold and 2 silver medals at the C.B.S.E. National Swimming Championship held in Chennai

2019 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

Sharma was nominated for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year award with the following nomination:

Bhakti Sharma has launched a professional career in education and motivational speaking as she inspires the next generation of girls and young women. Her message is based on her success as a channel swimmer, marathon swimmer and ice swimmer in her teenage years, and is delivered by multilingual digital platforms. She has given 4 TEDx Talks and 1 TED Talk on the main platform, numerous TV interviews and public speeches extolling the benefits of a life of adventure, courageousness and resilience. She positively impacts countless individuals as she shares her early aquatic exploits from Antarctica to the English Channel with audiences around the world. She started Swim to Educate initiative in India and has now expanded her message of inspiration to span from India to the U.S. For helping transform lives of students and young people with a message of hope, for sharing her dreams in the digital space and in college classrooms, for her eloquent and passionate talks given in an authentic genuine voice, Bhakti Sharma is a worthy nominee for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

Tedx Talks


Pride of India - Challenging The Conventional by Bhakti Sharma at TEDxSIBMBangalore on 20 May 2012 at the age of 19


Fighting against odds by Bhakti Sharma at TEDxNMIMS on 22 April 2014 at the age of 21


From desert to Antarctica - a swimmer's journey and lessons learnt by Bhakti Sharma at TEDxIIMUdaipur on 30 March 2015 at the age of 22


Nayi Baat by Bhakti Sharma at TED Talks India on 3 November 2019


What open water swimming taught me about resilience by Bhakti Sharma at TED Talks Mumbai India on 4 November 2019

2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

Sharma was nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

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Nomination

"Bhakti Sharma of India is one of those hard-to-believe young individuals who inspire people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Despite her training grounds in the desert state of Rajasthan, the young woman has a comprehensive track record of success including ice swims in the Arctic Ocean, marathon swims from Florida to India, and a solo swim and relay crossing of the English Channel. But she wanted her aquatic exploits to make a difference in other people’s lives besides her own. Her Swim to Educate initiative in India will continue to establish her legacy of inspiring and helping girls receive or extend their schooling opportunities. For her passionate calling to champion girls' education in India, for her creative platform that serves as a catalyst for school reform, for her eloquent passionate, public appeals and speeches on these topics, all described within her prowess and experiences as a versatile open water swimmer, Bhakti Sharma is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.''

2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nominees

1. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil), FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup Champion
2. Bhakti Sharma (India), Marathon Swimmer & Educational Reformist
3. Carina Bruwer (South Africa), Freestyling Flautist
4. Chloë McCardel (Australia), Marathon Swimmer & Coach
5. Colleen Mallon (Ireland), Channel Swimmer & Volunteer
6. Elaine Howley (USA), Communicator, Organizer, Swimmer
7. Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand), Oceans Seven Swimmer
8. Nataliya Fatyanova, M.D. (Russia), Ice Swimming Researcher & Physician
9. Pilar Geijo (Argentina), FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Co-Champion
10. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands), 2-time European Champion
11. Sylvia Rybárová (Czech Republic), FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Co-Champion
12. Susan Simmons (Canada), Marathon Swimmer with Multiple Sclerosis

World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women

She was named to the list of World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women by the World Open Water Swimming Association in 2015.

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