### Theory:

Irudhayaraj, a fish-cart driver who transports materials like pipes to make a living for his family – a wife and three daughters. They have lived in a small one-room apartment in Vyasarpadi, Chennai, is not enough to accommodate the family. The trophies she has won over the years are too many, and her home is just not big enough to keep them. The trophies left over after filling the space under the bed, were given to the neighbours and relatives. Financing the trips has always been a big trouble, though she has been playing for the state for almost $$14$$ years. Still she says "Victories follow me".

`Ilavazhagi is a member of the Thiruvallur District Carrom Association and also represented India at the Carrom World Championships, Asian Championships.
Achievements:
1. $$5$$th World Carrom Champion, $$2008$$ in France.
2. Women’s singles title at the $$38$$th Senior National Carrom Championships in Visakhapatnam, $$2009$$.
3. Women’s singles title in the $$37$$th National Carrom Championship in Chennai, $$2008$$.
4. $$13$$th SAARC Carrom Championship women’s doubles with Rashmi Kumari in $$2009$$.
5. The two time SAARC Carrom Championship women’s singles title in $$2009$$.
6. World Cup winner in $$2006$$ and The next was the $$2010$$ championship in the US where she secured the first place in singles and doubles.

She holds $$260$$ medals, out of which $$106$$ are gold, $$17$$ are silver & $$12$$ are bronze medals won in national competitions. She has won $$111$$ gold, $$9$$ and $$5$$ bronze medals in international tournaments.

Her hobby of playing carrom took her to the level of world champion.
Explanation:

Her father Irudayaraj is a fish-cart driver. His job is to transport materials like pipes in the cart. The income he earns is to support himself and his family. He has a wife and three daughters. They lie in a small one-room apartment in Vyasarpadi, Chennai. But Ilavazhagi, in spite of her poverty, she has won so many trophies. She has so many trophies that her house does not enough space to store them. She keeps them under her bed, but she gave off many trophies to her neighbours and relatives because she does not have space. She has been playing for Tamil Nadu state for almost 14 years and every time she has travel, financing the travel has been a big problem for her. But still, she has not given up - she says "Victories follow me".

Ilavazhagi is a member of the Thiruvallur District Carrom Association and also represented India at the Carrom World Championships, Asian Championships.

Achievements:
1. $$5$$th World Carrom Champion, $$2008$$ in France.
2. Women’s singles title at the $$38$$th Senior National Carrom Championships in Visakhapatnam, $$2009$$.
3. Women’s singles title in the $$37$$th National Carrom Championship in Chennai, $$2008$$.
4. $$13$$th SAARC Carrom Championship women’s doubles with Rashmi Kumari in $$2009$$.
5. The two-time SAARC Carrom Championship women’s singles title in $$2009$$.
6. World Cup winner in $$2006$$ and The next was the $$2010$$ championship in the US where she secured the first place in singles and doubles.

Ilavazhagi's medals tally in competitions:

 National International Gold 106 111 Silver 17 9 Bronze 12 5 Total 135 125
Grand total          260 medals

Her hobby of playing carrom took her to the level of world champion because of her hard work and determination.

Meanings of difficult words:

 Word Meaning Make a living To earn income to support oneself and family. Financing Providing money for.
Reference:
State Council of Educational Research and Training (2019). Term-1 English Standard-8. Hobby – Turns A Successful Career (pp. 77-94). Published by the Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation.