Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Meenakshi Pahuja, an Assistant Professor at the University of Delhi in India and President of its Alumni Association, leads a busy and adventurous life.

She has attempted crossings of the English Channel and the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, completed the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in New York, the Swim Around Key West in Florida, and the International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim in Switzerland as well as competed in the Tex Robertson Highland Lakes Challenge in Texas (5 lakes in 5 days), the SCAR Swim Challenge (3 lakes in 4 days) and several others.

With her experience with the success and DNFs in open water swimming, the Government of India’s Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports selected her to join the National Selection Committee for India’s prestigious Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award. The Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award is the highest national recognition for outstanding achievements in the field of adventure on land, sea and air, and are conferred by the President of India in August every year.

Despite her global travels and successes on the international open water swimming scene, she faces obstacles at home. “I have to work hard and it is very hard for me to train as I live in New Delhi, which is a concrete jungle without any coastal line near me. The maximum that I get to train is in 50m swimming pool.”

She discussed her swimming career below:

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