Umesh Ganpatrao Kalghatgi
Born in a middle class, reputed and respectable family with a traditional occupation of Gold Smith in Belgaum. Father Late Shri. Ganpatrao Kalghatgi, well known for social services in the area. Mother Smt. Mangala is also familiar with social service in the area. Brothers are also actively involved in many social activities in and around Belgaum.
Leaving aside to be in the traditional business of gold smith, Umesh with a strong desire to devote himself to the social service and to do something different, which shall be beneficial to the mankind, choose the field of engaging in social activities. A student of Govt. Primary School, completed his Higher Secondary School Education from Beynon Smith High School, and completed Graduation from Gogte College of Commerce, Belgaum.
Has varied interests in different sports like Cricket, Basket Ball, Hand Ball etc, is actively associated with Swimming since school days. Has won many laurels in the sports of Cricket, including that of captaining the college team in college days. Swimming has been his special love. As a participant in Swimming he has brought many honors to his schools and college. His achievements as an amateur swimmer include many prizes, honors at District Level, State Level and National Level Swimming Competitions at different age groups. Participated in All India Inter University Swimming Competitions, for consecutive 3 years. Had the honor to lead the team of Karnataka University, Dharwad. Was honored with the ‘Best Sportsman’ of the year in the year 1986 from Gogte College of Commerce.
After college education he entered the field of Swimming Sports as a Coach and has been working as a Swim Coach at Belgaum for the last 30 years.
For past 19 years the man with his single mission and one goal to coach Mentally Challenged & Physically Under Privileged children from socio economically backward strata. A Herculean task apparently made simple with his systematic, incessant and relentless coaching.
A man who has an in-born skill of coaching and a unique ability of spotting hidden talents.
A free Swimming Coaching Camp conducted for last 18 years for Mentally Challenged & Physically Under Privileged as his proud brain child has thrown up an opportunity for more than 200 children every year. They are now not only privileged to receive coaching under experts hands but can enjoy free transportation, healthy diet and health check up from expert doctors.
Those who excel and prove themselves during this get a readymade spring board to jump and prove themselves into various national and international waters.
Raghvendra Anvekar, Atishi Jadhav, Rajesh Shinde, Moin Junnedi, Shridhar Malagi, Simran Gaundadkar and many more who are sculpted out of this coaching camp went on bagging over 48 medals in different international events carving a niche for their motherland
However his coaching ability has seen a culmination when a 20 year boy by name Moin Junnedi with more than 300 fractures in the body suffering from rare disease of 100% calcium deficiency not only learnt swimming but mastered the art and literally swam against the stride winning 1 Gold at the International and 22 Medals at the Nationals Competition.
A man who has stapled his past present and future firmly with the minds and hearts of Mentally Challenged & Physically Under Privileged without any monetary expectation. A man with an array of key attributes in various other fields than swimming is decorated with pile of honors from civic society, government, executives and by the fourth pillar “Press”. A true acknowledgement for his commitment and selfless services.
A maverick who not only over comes challenges but embraces the challenges with a smile and then emerges victorious. “What a way to Inspire others”.