Did you know that Serena Williams could sew? Or that some of the women athletes you watch on television are very talented artists or fashionistas? When we say ‘Women in Sport’, we all see the sporty side of these athletes; rarely do we get a glimpse of the hidden talents of these sportspersons.

So check this out:

Hima Das

The country’s new sprint sensation can play the Assamese folk instruments – nagara and taal. In a recent video that is being circulated online, fans can watch the Asian Games 2018 medallist drumming the nagara in complete sync with an Assamese folk song. In the video, people are singing and Hima is tapping with the beats. She also played another hand-held instrument, a taal.

Swapna Barman

Barman can sing! She is the first-ever gold medallist in the women’s heptathlon in Asian Games 2018, but this rare talent is also good at singing. Don’t take us at face value, but do check out how at an event held in Kolkata, the 21-year-old was seen taking the stage by storm when started singing a few lines from a popular Bengali song. One of the visitors at the event posted the video on Twitter and said, “Very rare talent of Gold Medallist of  @asiangames2018 @Swapna_Barman96 singing a bengali song in a event at Press Club, Kolkata . A pure bong culture!”

Also Read: Know Your Asian Games Gold Medallist: Swapna Barman

Serena Williams

The power packed Serena Williams may dominate her opponents on the tennis court, but at home, Williams unwinds by honing her skills in sewing. According to the Huffington Post, Williams has been sewing since she was a kid when she used to make clothes for her dolls. Although now that talent goes into maintaining her wardrobe. Recalling the time her dress ripped during a recent shoot, Williams said, “I asked someone for the sewing kit and I just sewed it up right there. Everyone couldn’t believe it. You could never tell it was broken.” She is also dabbling in entrepreneurship with a recently launched online clothing line called Serena.

Venus Williams

Serena’s sister, Venus, has also quietly been building a fashion empire for herself. Venus wears her own label, EleVen, when she is on the court, facing competition. She is a designer in her own right, having launched her own brand in 2007.

Mithali Raj

Before she took up cricket, Indian women’s skipper Mithali Raj was crazy about classical dancing. She learnt Bharatnatyam and you would be surprised to know that her dream — at that point — was to make a career in dance. Being cricketer was never her first choice. It was only to handle a lazy kid that her parents introduced Mithali to cricket, so that she could be disciplined and active. Shall we say thank god they did?

Feature Image Credit: IAAF / Twitter

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