What can we say about Bed. Quieter than Sudip, but once he’s comfortable around you he’s a barrel of laughs. Joking, teasing, posing… it’s really hard to keep a straight face when taking his picture.
He’s a dedicated runner too – if he knows the person in front is close he speeds up, gets faster, then faster until he catches him, and then goes faster to get a good lead in front of them. He is quite possibly the most competitive person I know, though you’d never know it until he races.
At 14 years old he had to leave school and his village to escape the Maoists in Nepal. A hard start for a young man, and he really does have limited options in Nepal. These three months of training have really opened him up as a person. He’s happier, more comfortable, more confident, more outgoing. And he’s been so very grateful for the opportunity – ‘I feel this is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I will work hard to prove my gratitude and my worth’.
He’s also a dab hand at a chick pea curry, and makes a mean cup of masala tea.
Good luck on Saturday Bed, you’ve worked hard for this and deserve to do well.