Mrs. Reeth Abraham

In 1997, Government of India honoured Reeth Abraham with The Arjuna Award (the highest sports award conferred by Government of the state of India). During the course of her long athletic career spanning over 15 years (1976 – 1992), Reeth represented Karnataka State and India on a number of occasions, setting records along the way.

She served the country in the best tradition maintaining a high level of performance. All her achievements were the result of her dedication, application and sense of discipline.

Her best achievement was as a mother when she won a national championship within 10 months of giving birth. She is also the first Indian mother to break a national record and the South Asian Games record. She also holds to her credit being the first Asian woman to win an Asian medal in an Individual event as a mother.

At national level championships, Reeth in all won 16 Gold and 11 Silver medals. She holds to her credit of being a national champion in three events namely heptathlon, 100 meters hurdles and long jump and achieving national record in long jump and heptathlon.

At International level, she brought accolades to India by winning a number of international medals. She participated in two Asian Games, three Asian Track & Field Championships and two South Asian Games. In all, she won 3 Gold and 1 Silver at the South Asian Games and also held the games record in long jump.

Her other key awards include – in 1983, Rajyotsava Award (Highest State Award), in 1990, Dasara Award (State Award), in 1999 Indian Banks Association Award for outstanding Achievements, Rotary Award for contribution to Athletics and Lions Award for contribution to Athletics.