Yavatmal: Visually challenged Poonam Bhimrao Itkare from Marlegaon village in Umerkhed Tehsil,won gold in national athletics competition which was held in Delhi.
Poonam is pursuing D.ed from Dhanjyoti teachers training college. College Wanadongri.She is also doing B.A from Baba Saheb Ambedakar College Nagpur. Her teacher Gulhana found the spark in her; when she was at Shivaji Vidyalaya Junior College and encouraged her participate in running race.
In 2009 she took part in state level competition, she also honoured with the hands of former Chief Minister R.R.Patil.She continued her race and in recently been selected for the world level athletics competition to be held soon. She credited her success to her parents, Principal Kore and teacher Laxman Khapekar who encouraged for the competition. She also said that she wants to be an IAS officer in future.