Nine-year-old Rithvika Sri scaled Mount Kilimanjaro (the highest mountain in Africa) in Tanzania in February 2021, becoming the youngest girl from Asia to do so.
“I feel so proud being the first Asian and the youngest female to scale the summit. I thank all those without whom this would not have been possible—my father, Rural Development Trust and Collector (of the Anantapur district) who gave me funding and the state Government of Andhra Pradesh.”
Participating in Special Olympics is a family affair. Rithvika’s father, Shankar, has been a Special Olympics cricket coach and coordinator since 2011.
Rithvika’s accomplishments were covered in several Indian media outlets. You can read a sample of the coverage below.
- India Times - At 9, Kadapala Rithvika Sri Is The Youngest Indian From Andhra To Climb Mt Kilimanjaro
- The New India Express - Nine-year-old Andhra Pradesh girl conquers Mount Kilimanjaro
- Times Now News - 9-year-old from Andhra becomes Asia's youngest girl to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak