Date of birth: 22nd May, 2001
Birthplace: Dharmal, Jammu

SHIVANI
CHARAK

Sport Climbing

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Shivani Charak is a top-ranked female sports climber in India across all three disciplines – Lead, Speed & Bouldering. Born and raised in Dharmal, a small town in Jammu, Shivani is an 18-year old climber who has been turning heads recently by securing a bronze medal at the Asian Youth Championships in Bengaluru.

Coming from a family of limited means, she was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer at the age of nine and battled it for three years. The family had a trying time as they had to commute between Jammu and Chandigarh for her chemo. However, she did not let cancer get into her way and in 2012, she was declared cancer-free and was given the clearance to pursue her studies.

At the age of 14, she watched her sister and expressed her interest in pursuing sport climbing. A sport which will officially make its debut in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and is lesser known in the country. Within a year, Shivani’s resilience and help of her twin brothers, saw her excel in the sport.

Apart from having just one climbing wall, training in Jammu was quite a task for her. This didn’t deter her perseverance and commitment as she began training with the Army to improve her mental and physical attributes for the sport. As time passed by, Shivani began winning many local competitions. It was the year 2015 when she won the gold at the Nationals and in 2017, she represented India for the first time at Asian Youth Championships in China.

She won her first ever international medal in 2019 at the Asian Youth Championships in Bengaluru which is a first of the many firsts for this resilient sport climber.

Milestone
  • Gold Medal, Speed Climbing & Bouldering, 25th National Sports Climbing Championship, 2020
  • Bronze Medal, Asian Youth Championship, Bengaluru, 2019
  • National Champion,- 2015
  • 5th Position, Asian Combined Youth Championship, China, 2019
  • Sport Award, Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, 2019