Anju Bobby George Wins Woman of the Year Award
The Indian Athlete Anju Bobby George has accomplished the Woman of the Year Award from World Athletics.
She has won the accolade for grooming young girls to take up sports.
In the 2005 IAAF World Athletics Finals, she was a gold medallist and the first Indian contestant to win a bronze medal in the long jump at the World Championships in Athletics held in 2013 in Paris. In the 2004 Olympics, she finished sixth.
Anju was conferred the Arjuna award in 2002, Padma Shri in 2004, Khel Ratna in 2003.
In 2021, she won the BBC lifetime achievement award under Best Athlete Category.
In 2016, she formed a sports academy for young girls, helped India advance in sports, and inspired more women to follow in her footsteps.
She is also presented with the award for advocating gender equality.
Anju Bobby George
Anju was born in Cheeranchira village in Kottayam, Kerala, in the Kochuparambil family, an orthodox family.
She cultivated an interest in athletics from her father and started her career with Heptathlon.
She won medals in the Delhi Junior Asian Championship, South Asian Federation Games (held in Nepal), Commonwealth games held in Manchester, and a gold medal at the Asian Games held in Busan.
She is married to Robert Bobby George, a former national champion in triple jump and Anju’s coach.
Currently, Anju is the Chairperson of TOPS (Target Olympic Podium Scheme) and the Executive member of the Khelo India project.