These Indians with disabilities prove that it is just a state of mind. We salute their Enthusiasm, full of life attitude and determination.
10 Sports legends who made it despite the challenges they faced..!!
- Girish Sharma
Girish lost his one leg in a train accident, when he was just 2 years old. Today he is a badminton champion, and has has proved that no matter whatever the circumstances are, you can still be a Champion in your preferred field in your life. Girish, who also rides bicycle, is the proud winner of the Gold Medal in Paraolympic Asia Cup for Disabled in India. Besides, he has also played in Israel, Thailand and in Germany.
- Rajendra Singh Rahelu
Rajinder Singh Rahelu contracted polio when he was eight months old. But he did not let his disability come in between him and his dreams. Rahelu decided to discontinue his studies after completing high school. In 1996, a little encouragement from his powerlifter friend motivated Rahelu to pursue a career in this sport. He started by lifting a weight of 75 kgs but rigorous training and motivation made him strong enough to lift a weight of 115 kgs within six months. He continued to practice, and today, he has created history after winning a silver medal in powerlifting at the Commonwealth Games 2014
- Shekar Naik
Shekar Naik is a perfect example of someone who has converted a disability into an opportunity. With his strong will power and dedication, he became a T20 Blind Cricket World Champion and has 32 centuries to his name. After a lot of financial and social troubles, Naik has emerged as a winner and stands a motivation for us.
- Boniface Prabhu
Prabhu’s life changed at the age of four when a botched lumbar puncture made him a quadriplegic for the rest of his life. But he never let this disability change his goals of life and continued his education in a regular school. His immense hard work and dedication has made him a notable figure and a leading quadriplegic wheelchair tennis player. He was a medal winner at the 1998 World Championships and was also awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2014. It seems like disability is not a word in his dictionary.
- Sharath Gayakwad
In spite of being born with a deformed left hand, Gayakwad was always interested in sports and took up swimming at the age of nine when it was made mandatory in his school as a life-saving skill.What started as a compulsory activity in school changed Sharath Gayakwad’s life and he became the first Indian to win six medals in a multi-disciplinary sport event at the Asian Para-games in Incheon, South Korea, 2014. He broke the record of legendary P.T. Usha who had won five medals at the 1986 Asian Games.
6. Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla
This international para-athlete from Bangalore was paralyzed completely at the tender age of one after a high fever. A regular electric shock treatment for two years got the strength of her upper body back, but below the waist her body remained weak. Holla decided to live life in the best possible way and chose sports to excel in. She won Gold in 200m, shot put, discus and javelin throw at the 1989 World Masters’ Games in Denmark. She has over 300 medals in her kitty, and is also the proud recipient of the Arjuna Award and Padma Shri. She runs the Mathru Foundation to help disabled children from rural India.
7. Sai Prasad Vishwanathan
Vishwanathan lost sensation in the lower half of his body when he was a kid. But he was not one to let a disability take over his life. He became India’s first skydiver and has his name registered in the Limca Book of Records for being the first Indian with disability to skydive from 14,000 feet. He has co-founded Sahasra, an organization that provides scholarships to financially disadvantaged students with great potential, to pursue higher studies.
- Major DP Singh…
The first Indian to run half a marathon with the blade.The journey to earning the epithet ‘India’s Blade Runner’ wasn’t an easy one for Major DP Singh. On July 15, 1999, Major DP Singh was heavily injured in Kargil during Operation Vijay. The surgeons at the Army hospital declared him dead. Luckily, they were able to revive him and amputating his right leg helped them save his life.He had to endure 10 painful years of recuperation but refused to give up so he shifted his love for rally sports and took up running instead. In 2009, he signed up for his first marathon and took up training with his prosthetic leg. Today, he has successfully run 12 marathons and even holds the Limca record for being the first Indian to run a half marathon with the blade — a feat that has earned him the epithet of blade runner.
- Arunima Sinha
The first woman amputee to climb Mount Everest. In 2011, Arunima Sinha lost her leg when some robbers pushed her out of a moving train. Determined to not let the pity and ridicule she had to face bog her down, she decided to climb Mount Everest. Two years later, as a result of sheer persistence, she became the first woman amputee/ the first Indian amputee to climb the tallest peak in the world and even went on to climb Kilimanjaro in Africa, Elbrus in Europe and Kosciuszko in Australia.
- The Cricket boy:
He is not a celebrity or a renowned sports legend and we don’t know his name so we named him – ‘The Cricket Boy’. We saw him playing cricket just like anyone else. Our cricket boy cannot walk but that does not stop him from playing cricket. The enthusiasm and sportsmen spirit that we could see in him just cannot be described in words. He was the wicket keeper and took one brilliant catch and looking at his celebration like MS Dhoni made us add him to the list. He did not accept any kind of sympathy instead to step up and show the world how to lead life even in difficult situations.