Jimmy George, born on the 8th of March in the year 1955 in Peravur, Kannur, Kerala, India was a very good volleyball player. Being a part of the Indian National Volleyball Team, he was also considered to be one of the country’s best volleyball players. He was a professional volleyball player and he also played for a club in Italy. He was the first Indian volleyball player to have achieved that feat. Jimmy was born to the Kudakachira family, which was very famous. His family resided at Thondiyil, near Kannur in Kerala. His father’s name was Joseph George and his mother’s name was Mary George.

His father was also a volleyball player and he played at the University-level. His inspiration was his father, and he learned to play volleyball from him only. He did his schooling at Saint Joseph’s High School in Peravoor. He played for his school’s volleyball team. The University of Calicut volleyball team made him a member in 1970. He went to Saint Thomas College in 1973 in Pala. Between 1973 to 1976 he represented the Kerala University four times in volleyball. During these four years this Kerala volleyball team won the competition.

Jimmy joined Kerala Police after quitting medical college and then joined the Police volleyball team. He even shifted to the Persian Gulf in order to play for the Abu Dhabi Sports Club. He then left that club and joined Colette Club in Italy to play for them for a season. He then played for System Impiani before returning to India and playing for Kerala Police. Jimmy was a part of the National volleyball team of India and represented the country in Asian Games of Seoul, Bangkok, and Tehran where the team won Bronze medals.

The Indian team which played at Abu Dhabi had Jimmy as their captain, and under his captainship Indian team won the Indian Gold Cup in International Volleyball Tournament in Hyderabad. He received the Arjuna award at the age of twenty-one. He also won the G. V. Raman Award and the Manorama Award for the best volleyball player in Kerala. Unfortunately just at the age of thirty-two, Jimmy died due to a car accident. His accident took place in Italy on the 30th of November in the year 1987. It was rather a sad day for all the citizens of Kerala, especially that of Peravoor. Thousands of them participated in the function. His body now lies at the Cemetry of Saint Joseph’s Church in Peravoor.

Mercy Kuttan Tamil Actress

Mercy Kuttan

Mercy Kuttan was born on January 1, 1960, in Kerala, India. Mercy Kuttan’s full name is Mercy Matthews-Kuttan. Mercy Kuttan is from the sports field and she does long jump and 400-meter race. She is an Indian Athlete and she is representing India from many national and international games. In the year 1982, she was the part of Asian Games in Long Jump. She was also the part of Asian Athletics Championship in the year 1981 and she did long jump and 4x400 meter relay race. She is the first Indian woman who crosses six-meter long race. In the year 1989, she won the Arjuna Award for her amazing performance in the Indian Sports. She has got the honor to become the Vice President of the Kerala State Sports Council.  In the year 1981, she won the Bronze Medal in the Asian Championship in 4x400 meter relay race and long jump. In the year 1982, she received the Silver medal in long jump in the Asian Games. In the year 1983, she was the representative of India in the World Championship in Athletics, but she was unable to qualify the finals. She was the first lady from Kerala who won the medal in Asian Track. In the year 1988, she completed her 400-meter race in Seoul Olympics and she won the first round. Her husband’s name is Murali Kuttan and he was also a 400-meter Champion at the National level. She has two children named Sujith Kuttan and Suraj Kuttan. Mercy Kuttan and Murali Kuttan are the first couples who won the Asian Medals. Murali became the coach and he asked Mercy to switch to 400-meters from long jump. Murali and Mercy also worked for the company named Tata Steel, Jamshedpur. Both Mercy Kuttan and Murali Kuttan have their own Athletics Academy in Kochi. In the year 1976-78, she won the National School Games Championship in Long Jump. In the year 1988 she won the National Championship in 400-meter race. In the year 1981, she was a representative of India in the world Spartakyad in Moscow. She was also the part of the Commonwealth Games, Australia in the year 1982. In the year 1987, she won the Gold Medal in the SAF Games for Long Jump in Calcutta. She was the first woman who was the part of the Commonwealth Games. She is a very hard working woman and making the country proud with her talent.


P. T. Usha

Pilavullakandi Thekkeparampil Usha (P. T. Usha) is an Indian athlete hailing from Payyoli, Kozhikode, Kerala. She was born on 27th June 1964. She is the queen of Indian race course and is popularly and proudly known by the names Udanpari, Payyoli Express, Sprint Queen, Sportsperson of the century and the Golden Girl of the nation. She was suffering from ill health in her early days of childhood. But she was a fighter. Usha had the spark of an athletic talent right from her primary school days. She has been a performer since those days. Be it a sports day or a huge sports meet; she has been a star always with her competitive spirit. In 1979, she got noticed at National School Games by her coach O. M. Nambiar who was a trainer of Kannur’s sports division at that time. He successfully spotted the potential to excel when she won the championship on her own. Later, she was under the guidance of her coach. In 1980, there was a Pakistan Open National Meet held at Karachi where Usha did her first ever international performance and won 4 gold medals for the nation which was a self-motivation for her to grow. She also participated in the Moscow Olympics. In 1982, during the World Junior Athletics Championship held in Seoul, she not only won a bronze medal but also won a gold medal in the 200m race. The graph of her improvement was increasing each day. By 1984, with her dedication, belief in God, and strength from her countrymen, she became the foremost Indian woman to be in the finals of the massive Olympic event at 20 years of age. Usha set a benchmark which is regarded as the Asian best noted as 55.42 seconds, for the event which stands even today as the Indian National Record. In 1985, at the Jakarta Asian Athletic Meet, she won around five gold medals along with a bronze medal. Later, she did many amazing performances. In 1988, she suffered from a heel injury but still did not give up and rather chose to run and give her best for the country. However, she could not make it to the finals of the Seoul Olympics. She was still not disappointed. She worked harder and proved to be an excellent edition at the Asian Track and Field meet in Delhi. She made the nation proud in 1989 by winning four golds, and two silvers at this sport meet. She made a fierce comeback in the rest of her appearances too. She got married to V. Srinivasan in 1991 and was blessed with son Ujjwalin the next year. She went back to athletics, though she enjoyed motherhood and domesticity. In 1998, she surprised the nation by winning bronze medals at the Asian Track and Field meet held in Japan. She firmly believes speed is the essence of any sport. Usha has won more than 100 international medals so far. In 1983, she received the Arjuna Award. In 1985, she became a recipient of the Padma Shree. She has received many awards as well as recognitions for her valuable contributions. It is a known fact that Indians are extremely talented and gifted but lack encouragement and facilities like proper infrastructure, training, etc. Therefore, in the year 2000, she retired with a promise to groom, train and guide bright and fresh young talents in her own Sports School in Kerala. She proves to be a brilliant coach at the Usha School of Athletics.

P. T. Usha Tamil Actress