Hometown: Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Height: 5′ 5″
Age: 18 Years
Some Lesser Known Facts About Jerlin Anika
Jerlin Anika Jayaratchagan is an Indian deaf badminton player. In May 2022, she hit the headlines when she won one gold medal each in the team event, mixed doubles event, and women’s singles event at The Deaflympics, which were organised at Caxias do Sul in Brazil.
In 2017, Jerlin Anika participated in the badminton championship in Hyderabad and won the match. During the same year, her performance in the Hyderabad match helped her to participate in the Summer Deaflympics. At the age of 13, Jerlin Anika represented India in the summer Deaflympics and played the women’s singles and women’s doubles events in Turkey. She was the youngest participant who secured fifth place at the 2017 summer Deaflympics. Jerlin Anika and Prithvi Sekhar became the first athletes from Tamil Nadu to participate in the 2017 Deaflympics.
In 2018, Jerlin Anika participated in the East Asia Pacific Deaf Badminton Championships, which was organised in Malaysia and won two silver medals and a bronze medal. Jerlin Anika participated in the 5th Asia Pacific Deaf Badminton Championships in the senior category in women’s doubles, she won a bronze medal. In the same championships, Jerlin Anika clinched a silver medal in singles and doubles events in the U-21 girls’ category.
According to her coach, Jerlin Anika’s reaction time to the shuttle hinders her performance on the ground. He stated in a conversation with a media house that Jerlin used this disability to her advantage by not getting distracted by other noises while playing. He said,
Normal players would be able to judge the speed of a shot through the sound the shuttle makes when it hits the racket. But, Jerlin had used it to her advantage by not getting distracted to other noises.”
In 2019, at the age of 15, during the girls’ singles final of the World Deaf Youth Badminton Championships, which were organised in Taipei, Jerlin Anika won a gold medal. In this championship, she defeated her opponent Finja Rosendahl from Germany and became a youth deaf world champion. In the same year, Jerlin Anika won a silver medal in girls’ doubles and mixed doubles events, which were organised at the second edition of the World Deaf Youth Badminton Championships.
In September 2021, Jerlin Anika participated in the 24th Summer Deaflympics, which were held at Caxias do Sul in Brazil and won the three gold medals in the team event, mixed doubles event, and women’s singles event in May 2022.
In 2021, the HCL Foundation Director, Nidhi Pundhir, stated in a conversation with the media how’s that a scholarship of Rs 3.25 lakh was granted to Jerlin Anika in an event organised for her in Noida. Pundhir stated that this scholarship would support her in travelling to the Deaflympics. She said,
She received a scholarship of Rs 3.25 lakh and we also supported the travel of her coach and father to accompany her for the Deaflympics. We are just happy to play a small role in her success.”
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