Arunima plans to open sports academy for disabled

By Kaushik Kumar

New Delhi, Mar 26 (IANS): India's Arunima Sinha, the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest in 2013, recently added another feather to her cap by becoming the first female amputee to climb Mount Vinson, the highest peak of Antarctica.

The 30-year-old was a national-level volleyball player. She had one of her legs amputated when she was pushed out of a running train for resisting robbers in 2011. After the incident, Arunima resolved to scale seven highest peaks of seven continents.

With her dream accomplished, the Padma Shri awardee has now decided to open an international sports academy for the disabled kids.

Talking to IANS, Arunima said: "After fulfilling my dream, I now want to help the disabled kids and open an international sports academy only for them. I have faced various difficulties. I want our divyang kids shouldn't go through such hardships."

On what made her decide to chose mountaineering after the horrific incident, Arunima said: "I got a job in CISF. However, I declined as I knew mountaineering helps in developing confidence, which I needed the most at that time. It also help you teach how one can manage his or her life on low resources."

Commenting on her journey over the years, Arunima said: "Being fitted with a prosthetic leg, I did a basic mountaineering course at the Tata Steel Adventure Academy and the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. I then trained under Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to scale Everest."

"I trained without a break for two years, even climbing Island Peak in Nepal (over 20,000 ft) for practice," she said.

On problems faced by mountaineers in India, Arunima said: "The main difficulty is finding sponsors. Even I was looking for sponsors from a long time. My wait ended last year when Qnet, a direct selling company, came forward to help me."

"As mountaineering doesn't come on TV, companies rarely show interest in sponsoring. I feel they should come forward in supporting the mountaineers, who always carry risks of losing their life," she remarked.


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  • Sandeep Kaish, New Delhi, India

    Wed, Mar 27 2019

    Failure is not when we fall short of achieving our goals. It is when we don’t have goals worthy enough.

    Rehne de aasma, zameen ki talash kar

    Rehne de aasma, zameen ki talash kar

    Sab kuch yahi hai, kahin aur na talash kar

    Jeene ke liye, ek kami ki talash kar.

    [Let the sky be and seek the earth

    Let the sky be and seek the earth

    All is here, search not elsewhere

    To live beautifully, seek life in dearth]

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  • Sandhya Dhakal, Nepal

    Tue, Mar 26 2019

    Hello Arunima Sinha

    I was one of the audiences who heard your life journey when you shared in the magic stage 2017.

    It completely moved me then and you are one such inspirational woman that Mother Earth could ever give birth. These days people always crib and whine about life circumstances but majority fail to understand that there is always someone less fortune than us.

    The cause you have now for the differently abled population is more than inspiring and a wake up call for all those who feel life just about eating ,sleeping , going office, office, watching tvs and blah blah without changing even the self life.

    Thank you so much for making me realise what potential very human being has and how can we do wonders when one decides.

    Specially to women who would wanna get married to a rich guy and have been delusioned about happy life marrying a rich guy. It boils me from inside taht im not able to make any impact. But my efforts are always in unless I try and change one life and will do it my best to change many lives I can touch.

    Loads of love and gratitude to you the Iron Lady of India

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