Charu Sharma (athlete)
|Born||24 March 1992|
|Residence||Massachusetts, United States|
|Education||Mount Holyoke College, United States|
|Occupation||Explorer, Athlete, Performer, Writer|
|Known for||Power Woman 2012, National Bravery Award|
Charu Sharma (born 24 March 1992) is an Indian athlete and performer. After expeditions to all 7 continents, 5 National Awards and a whole chapter on her in 9th grade English and 10th grade Hindi textbooks in Maharashtra, she is one of India’s young achievers.
Early life and education
Charu Sharma was born on 24 March 1992 in Jaipur in a family of civil servants, doctors, and engineers.
Awards and accolades
Sharma is a recipient of 5 National Awards.
- 2009: "National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement" in Academics 
- 2006: "FIE Foundation National Award" for Sports and Adventure (with INR 1 lac; alongside Rani Mukherjee, Anjali Bhagwat, Ramoji Rao, Vithal Kamat and Om Puri.) 
- 2003: "Jeevan Raksha Padak" (President’s Medal for Gallantry)
- 2003: "National Bravery Award" 
- 2002: "National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement" in All-round fields 
Train robbery episode
Charu Sharma (then 9) and her brother Chinmay Sharma (then 6) fought in a train robbery and saved women in a Mumbai local train in April 2002. They were honored by the National Bravery Award by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Republic Day 26 January 2003. The President Dr. Abdul Kalam awarded them the President’s Medal for Gallantry the same year. This story was incorporated as a chapter ‘Sibling Gallantry’ in the English textbook of Class IX in Maharashtra.
- "Siblings battled robbers, now they're a textbook example of success". The Times Of India.
- Mukherji, Anahita (7 February 2009). "This teen all-rounder wins achievement award, twice". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
- "'R-day bravery award opened doors for me'". The Times Of India.
- "Brave young hearts".