S. Siva started as a self-taught swimmer having “fun” beneath the Kallanai Dam in Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu). But he soon picked up the sport and started to win medals at district events in freestyle, butterfly and backstroke events.
But things changed once he started to see his older brother do pole vault at St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchi.
His parents were not keen on pole vault; they wanted him to continue swimming. But Siva was adamant. Aided by a common friend, he came to Chennai to train under coach Don Wilcox at the Nehru Stadium in 2013.
In four years, the 18-year-old has done what none from the State has done — create a National record in both the junior and senior level.