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Meet Samyak, BYJU’S Super Student Swimming Toward Olympic Dreams

Team StoryWeavers|March 19, 2021| 75

“My perspective is the one thing that motivates me and that perspective is not competing against others. I have to swim against a clock which means swimming against myself and beating myself.”

That’s 11-year old Samyak (Sam) Ramchandre from Nuremberg, Germany. Wise beyond his years, Sam is a prolific swimmer who has represented three countries – India, The United States of America and Germany – in international races, winning multiple medals in the process. But perhaps the most memorable experience of his so far would be that of swimming with Jason Lezak, mentor to none other than Olympic legend Michael Phelps. “I got the chance to swim with Lezak on my birthday. It was quite special,” Sam tells us. Working towards his dream of being a decorated Olympic swimmer, Sam sat down with Team Storyweavers to talk about his journey so far.

I first waded into water when I was two and a half years old

Sam’s underwater exploits started when he was made to jump into the Krishna River as a toddler. “My dad wanted me to get connected with Mother Nature,” he says, adding, “I was just splashing around in the water and having fun.” As he grew older, he became increasingly drawn towards swimming pools. Soon, it was during a casual dip in an apartment pool at the age of four that his father spotted Sam’s interest in swimming. “I then decided to go to a swim school, where I learnt how to execute different strokes. That was the first stage of my swimming career,” says the 11-year-old.

With this came the opportunity to participate in competitions. Sam tells us, “In the US there was a competition in the summer called the Tri-county League. There, I stood first among my age group and won the championship. I also broke the record for my club. And when I was lifting the trophy I could see my name on the record. That was my first achievement when I was six years old.”

The back stroke is one of Sam's specialties!

The back stroke is one of Sam’s specialties!

Having lived in three countries, Sam is in a unique position to have represented multiple national teams. “I was a member of the US national team when I lived there. When I was in India, I was the fastest swimmer in Maharashtra for the 50m freestyle category. My latest achievement is here, in Nuremberg, where I have been selected for the German national team.

My whole family helps me pursue my career

Complementing his thriving passion for swimming is a rich support system that actively helps him succeed. “My mom helps me with my diet. She gives me the right kind of food at the right time. My dad on the other hand helps me with exercise and other sports. As for my coaches, they help me with my technique, while my sister loves to cheer me on. She is pretty loud though, especially when during competitions!”, he adds, with a hearty laugh. “There are also my grandparents who give me their blessings before every race. My relatives and friends always say that I will be an Olympic swimmer for India one day.” 

Sam with his family!

Sam with his family!

Sharing their experience during his swimming journey, Sam’s parents talk about their approach to help enhance Sam’s talents. Shitalkumar Ramchandre, Sam’s father, says, As parents, our first job is to raise children in a way that they become good humans. That’s the minimum expectation that we (the family) set for ourselves and so we started working on it from when Sam was two years old. But the moment we saw a spark for swimming in him, we did not hesitate to help him. So in that way when we look at the entire journey, it makes us feel proud because the important thing is that he is actually enjoying everything that he does.” 

Anita Shital Ramchandre, Sam’s mother, also shares how she has taken on the role of an expert nutritionist to help Sam with his dietary requirements during his journey towards an Olympic career. She says, “When I was in Pune, I did a nutrition course. The motivation for this was provided by my husband too. We’d discuss that since our son is now a swimmer we have to make healthy food for him. So as soon as he became a swimmer, I signed up for a nutrition course.”

BYJU’S gives me much more time for my activities

With a packed schedule, full of swimming practice and meets, how does Sam manage his studies? The answer is BYJU’S. Sam believes that learning from BYJU’S makes his learning simple and gives him the time needed to focus on his swimming. He loves the sports-based examples in particular that help him visualise and learn concepts. He says, “If I am learning angles they (BYJU’S) take the example of cricket. If I hit a six, they take a protractor to measure the angle and how far the ball went,” he explains.

Sam reveals that his mentor at BYJU’S plays a huge role in simplifying his method of studying. The 11-year-old says, “My mentor, Ashwin Sir, helps me with my studies. We have weekly discussions about my progress and performance. It’s fun to talk to him because he always asks about my swimming and never hesitates to answer my questions.”

Sam’s father says that it was a shift from the US to the Indian education system that motivated him to enrol Sam with BYJU’S. “When we were kids, the focus was more on play time, but now I see everybody pushing kids to study. So much so that nowadays most kids study under the influence of fear. But when I saw the uniqueness of BYJU’S for the first time, I realised that it is different from routine execution. BYJU’S teaches you to follow excellence. So in short I can say that education with BYJU’S comes with 5 Es: experiment, experience, excitement, enlightenment and exposure. That’s something that my kid learnt from BYJU’S. And these 5 Es are important to shape one’s life, and I think that’s good enough.”

We wish Sam all the very best for his Olympic dreams!

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Deepthi Chakravarthy

Deepthi is an ambivert who is on a steady diet of good food, filter coffee, and self-improvement. Being an ardent reader, storytelling has been her first love and she enjoys exploring how to convey stories compellingly. Having studied psychology and experienced the learning and development field, Deepthi is driven to understand human behavior and to know what makes each of us unique. You are most likely to find her tucked into a cozy corner at a local cafe with a Kindle or a book in hand. If you find her there, stop by and say hello, she'd be eager to learn your story too. Until then, you can ping her at [email protected] for anything you may like to share.

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Abdur Rahman

July 6, 2021

Wow he done a good job 👏


Trinadh

July 6, 2021

Great samyak congratulations and keep it up you are same like me but I am in 9th and I like quizzes


G. SAI RUPESH CHOWDHARY

July 6, 2021

I am so happy with sam 💕 words 😍


SOMYAPRAVA DAS

July 6, 2021

Meet


Soniya thakur

July 6, 2021

Chef


Arhan Tariq Ansari

July 6, 2021

Me too having a unique talent of mathematics. I play with numbers and make the numbers plays with me. I can visually calculate numbers, visually says multiplication tables of 5 digits also I can say you the exact day when someone is born by just knowing his or her dob, and many more. I am in 6th std and a byjus premium course student. Allow me to exhibit my talent on thi platform.


Satyam

July 6, 2021

Very nice videos


Patil Manan Paresh

July 6, 2021

Thanks to all bjyus teacher


Shahrin

July 6, 2021

Best wishes 🎊Enjoy the experience 🤗🎊🎊Great swimming 🌟🎉


Satyam

July 6, 2021

Very nice


Rishav

July 6, 2021

Best of luck Samyak


Aditya yadav

July 6, 2021

Very nice


tejpal

July 6, 2021

very nice


RACHANA RK

July 6, 2021

Super


Himika Bhakta

July 6, 2021

Thankyou Byju’s for posting this wonderful blog…
SO INSPIRATIONAL…😀😀😀


Hasnain Ansari

July 6, 2021

Amazing


Sampurnna Dutta

July 6, 2021

Proud of you Samyek. I hope your all dreams come true.🏊🏊


Maithili Talwekar

July 6, 2021

Wow such a great swimmer,also a great journey of is swimmer life. I also want to learn swimming but bcs of this pandemic situation I can’t. First I was learning swimming in Nagpur as I live in Nagpur in the 3 std but I forgot how to swim now bcs there is no practice from 5 years ( I am in 8 std ) ☹️. But it’s ok 😊.
Thank you and thank you Byju’s for giving me /us such types of informations.
Thank you 😊☺️.


Aditya Sangal

July 6, 2021

Bro if u remember Pune pls. Come here sometime.specially our society. Congrats 🎉🎉🎉🎉


Shreya

July 6, 2021

Good


Dhruv Mannish.Lad

July 6, 2021

Dear Samyak you are a very good person and even extremely motivative for me because I am also good at skating I have even gone to state level but cause of this pandamic situation I am not able to practice at my skating classes but your motivation told me that just don’t just see dreams you if you want to complete your dreams you have to do hardwork but if you are not able to practice so we should have a help with our coach by with any kind of contact thank you and have a nice day 🙂


Alina Khan

July 6, 2021

Congratulations samayak your journey is very inspiring.👍👍


Kanishk jadonn

July 7, 2021

Nice


Prabin Jeba Singh

July 7, 2021

Can I speak with you


Atul Kumar

July 7, 2021

Wow


Priyadarshini

July 7, 2021

Nice Sam
All the best


Ranjana Kumari

July 7, 2021

Excellent 👌👌


Nandika

July 7, 2021

Good for him


Tanisha

July 7, 2021

I like byjus so much


Dolly Malviya

July 7, 2021

Congratulations samyak ,
We proud byju,s


Rajveer Singh

July 7, 2021

Mujhe Swimming pay jana hai


Divya kushwaha

July 7, 2021

Very great job samyak


Ajit Aggarwal

July 7, 2021

very Super thank you


Aaditya Singh

July 7, 2021

I am so inspired from this and I am also trying to be make my future bright so i am practising more and more In all good and weak subjects


Pawan Kumar

July 7, 2021

H


vis hal

July 7, 2021

Wow


Nazeef saif

July 7, 2021

Nice


Rahul Kankawale

July 8, 2021

I also want to join swimming
So what is prosess


Anushka taral

July 8, 2021

Oooo wow i want to be like here only and also a good human also and a sports


Sharshti Chauhan

July 8, 2021

Byjus help for science and math


sarthak

July 8, 2021

Hi sir I am a Sarthak and I am swimming competition participating and I am my mother’s name is varnmala my father’s name is Mahadev and and my brother name is Harshita


Aheri Mandal

July 8, 2021

the best thing is to follow your goals
And you did that 👏
Exactly superb
I also can’t do so after being your age
Keep it up 🤟🤟


Azam khan

July 8, 2021

Nice Byjus app


Azam khan

July 8, 2021

Nice Byjus app


Azam khan

July 8, 2021

Thanks


Kumar Ansh Raj

July 8, 2021

Very good dude


Nazish siddiqui

July 8, 2021

Wow he done great job


Meher Parveen

July 8, 2021

Hey
That’s great 🙂
I hope you will succeed your dream and one day you’ll represent India.
Good luck:-)


Pritipsha nayak

July 9, 2021

I want to swim


Eva pandey

July 9, 2021

Very good samyak..
.we r proud of you


Shristi Singh

July 9, 2021

Best luck for your more swimming competition 👍


Ishika rout

July 9, 2021

Very nice and congratulation


Soham

July 10, 2021

Hi I’m Soham


Abhinav.S.Murali

July 10, 2021

He is great 👍 🙃


KAASHVI GUJRATI

July 10, 2021

Samyak india is pround of you. You done a great thing. An inspiration for all childs including me.


Gracy Patel

July 10, 2021

I want to also make my india and family proud . I got and karate and debate but due to this pandemic not only me others are also not getting to show there talent

Congratulations 👏 👏


Shilpisikha Saikia

July 11, 2021

Very good,I wish your future life👍


Aarnav Sambyal

July 11, 2021

Great


Anjali

July 11, 2021

Well done samyak.👍 You did a great job.
Keep it up 👌


AjanyaSathyaraj

July 12, 2021

Very nice


Wishwaanee Aryaan

July 13, 2021

All the best for your new journey samyak, stay safe and happy


Abhiya m joy

July 15, 2021

Congratulations great samyak👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌 I will pray for you to become a Olympics swimmer.


Dimple

July 15, 2021

Best wishes and congratulations 🥳


Mega Das

July 16, 2021

I am very happy for SAMYAK.
Keep going 👍


Sarit Roy

July 16, 2021

Wow samyak 👍👏congratulation. Keep it up and best of luck for your future.


Nikita

July 17, 2021

It is really nice keep it up!!!!


Rudra Mandal

July 21, 2021

Everything is fine


Aeindrila Chatterjee

July 23, 2021

Good job Samyak 👏👏👏


Srikanta kumar panda

July 28, 2021

Very nice app


kush kumar

July 31, 2021

nice bro


MIHIR

August 2, 2021

👏Wow!


Bhumi

August 7, 2021

Hey
That’s great 👏
I hope you will succeed your dream and one day you’ll represent India.
Good luck:-)


Pramit GORDE

August 8, 2021

Very good
Excellent


Madhusri👧

August 11, 2021

Good job 👌👍


Madhusri

August 11, 2021

Weldon


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