International student Andy Kamra running over a bridge during a 5km race
March 22, 2019

Since beginning at the Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus, professional runner Andy Kamra has competed in a local 5 km dash and saved a young boy's life through CPR.


Chaitanya Kamra, also known as Andy, is a student in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) at Fanshawe's Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus. Andy is an international student from India and a professional athlete.


On the windy morning of October 19, 2018, Andy took part in the Daffodil Dash 5 km race in Woodstock, Ontario. The Daffodil Dash, formerly known as Cool Runnings Trail Race, is a competitive 10 km or 5 km mixed-surface trail race to raise funds in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.


"I was running in a decent field but the only hurdle in front of me was the chilly morning. I tried to keep my body warm but the weather was winning over me," Andy comments.


At far left in blue shirt, Woodstock student Andy Kamra gets ready and set at start line with other racers


In spite of the weather, he won second place in the Daffodil Dash, coming 45 seconds after first place winner. He also won first place in his age group.


"It was a close call for me but I felt more than happy. I gave my best and I was satisfied with my place," Andy says, noting he still thinks about the race and is committed to improving his performance even more. "Thank you to Fanshawe College and especially the Woodstock campus family for supporting me. I look forward to running at more events and bagging some more medals."


Andy Kamra after the race, holding a coffee and wearing his winning medal


Not only is Andy a 5 km champion, but he is a life saver too. On a different day, while running through the streets of Woodstock, Andy saw a child in distress. As he got close, he noticed the boy was choking and was unable to speak, prompting Andy to begin first aid.


"He was having a hard time breathing so I helped him by giving him CPR," he says. "I was not carrying my phone with me but I saw someone standing outside their house calling for an ambulance. I helped the boy reach hospital and then I walked away once he was in safe hands because I was getting late for my class. I do not know who the boy was nor his family, and I never heard back. The only thing I know is I am happy that I was able to save an innocent life."