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Sports Carnival for the Wheelchair-bound

Thirty-eight-year-old Kaushalya from Himachal Pradesh is wheelchair-bound, but she doesn’t let her disability overpower her ability. She is training for archery and fencing, as she is excited to be a participant at the first-ever Sports Carnival for persons on wheelchairs to be held on April 16th at Sukhna Lake.

Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Banwarilal Purohit will flag off the event at Sukhna Lake Sports Complex next Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

The event is being organised by Chandigarh Spinal Rehab, Sector 28 Chandigarh. Chandigarh Spinal Rehab is a non-profit organisation working for the empowerment of the lives of persons facing severe disabilities caused due to spinal cord injury/ brain injury. The uniqueness of the event is that all participants have been given an opportunity to participate in all sporting activities.

A Constant Endeavour

Giving the information, Nicky P Kaur, Founder of Chandigarh Spinal Rehab said, “Participants from across the country are participating in the event, including Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh. This is a unique event that will see participation from over 50 wheelchair-bound persons and will include national boating and canoe racing championships for para-athletes, archery, fencing, javelin and a friendly kabbadi match.”

“It is our constant endeavour to add dignity and joy to their lives, which is why we are organising such an event. Earlier such events included amputees, but this is a first-time event in the country where persons with such severe neurological conditions like the spinal cord injury who have limited trunk balance are participating in canoeing and dragon-boat racing”, she added.

Thrill and Excitement

Sumit, 29, one of the participants said, “It is a wonderful experience to be a part of the event as it is helping in exercising and our full body is being used. I was earlier very scared of getting inside the water but once we had started, the fear was gone. I was also apprehensive if I would be able to maintain my balance, but after I started, I managed that also.” Sumit suffered a spinal injury in 2010 in a car accident.

Hari Krishan is also one of the participants and is excited about this event. “I went into the water for the first time after suffering the injury in 2017 while I was skiing and fell on my back after I made an attempt to jump from 20 feet. I feel such activities should be held in every state.”

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