Paralympian’s or Para-athletes instead of getting the due recognition they deserve, have to fight with social, physical, financial and psychological barriers. In order to achieve their goals they face barrage of hurdles like lack of financial support, non-cooperative peers, social awkwardness, lack of future growth & infrastructural facility and corruption. To overcome these and to embrace the glory that they are being deprived of, for such a long time, support of people and the general mass is most important.
Every year Civilian Welfare Foundation, creates a platform where all these ace para-athletes can come together and walk with their deserved fame and honour. Walk for Paralympics is organised every year on 28th of August. This year the walk will be from Golpark to Hazra Crossing at 2 PM. Around 400 people from different phases of life joins this walk whose sole focus is to raise awareness about Indian Paralympics and it’s condition. This is a platform where all the ace disabled athletes, students and other persons from various disabled walks of life come and join us to champion the cause of Paralympics and ‘Ability’ above all. The walk has been noted for its far outreach in the previous years and the difference it has made to promote the para-athletes and Indian Paralympics
Launch of an unique scheme of Sponsorship
The current scenario of these para-athletes is quite detrimental for sports. Though after huge success of Rio Paralympics, there is a lot of hope for Paralympics yet the condition of regional Paralympians is horrible. To help these deserving individuals and para-athletes Civilian Welfare Foundation has started a scheme : “Adopt a para Athlete” for a minimum of Rs. 1500 /month for 1 year, where the money provided by an individual or groups will be directly remitted to the athlete. With these small steps, any individual or group can come forward and turn their dreams into reality, promote them and help India to progress as a nation worldwide. You can register on the day of the walk for adoption of a para-athlete or you can contact 9830167177/9163308675 to know in details and help in this humble endeavour. Your small support can actually make a huge difference.
Already the scheme has attracted over 10 sponsorships from various Indians around the world. In Kolkata Medica Superspeciality Hospital has agreed to “adopt” 6 para-athletes in their own way. These 6 athletes can access the gym facilities, physiotherapy services and sport psychology services from the Dept. of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation.
Short Bio of few para athletes
Goutam Dey who has been a part of Indian Contingent in International 5-a-side Football Tournaments for the persons with visual impairment under Paralympic sports category B1. He has been trying hard to develop a competent football team in West Bengal and the team has already qualified for the semifinals in the last National tournament. Lack of accessible training infrastructure has been the main hindrance for their progress in this sport.
There is Sandhya Mondal, an ace swimmer, has won medals in the National Swimming Competitions under the Paralympic Sports Category S7 (Lower limb disability). A Masters student in Arts, she has been regularly practicing for the betterment of her performance in swimming despite facing multiple odds in the swimming infrastructure of Bengal.
Ujjwal Ghosh is a national medalist in Javelin throw under Paralympics Sports Category F46 (single upper limb disability). He is currently pursuing his sports career in Para-cycling and would like to represent India in the International Sports Arena as a cyclist. For improvement of his performance he needs a proper sports cycle and appropriate head gear,but he is facing the infrastructural hurdles shadowing his talent.
Saheb Hussain is one of the best athletes in Bengal. This track athlete has been winning gold medals in every National competition he has taken part in. Participating under the Paralympic sports category T12 (Visual Impairment) his timing in 100m and 200m is close to the world record holders. He has qualified for several international championships but couldn’t finally make it due to financial constraints. He is under rigorous practice and preparing for the next Asian Games.
We have talents like Taskura Khatun, an ace para swimmer who has won golds in National competitions and they all have made us proud but unfortunately they are still fighting their battles with the society every waking hour of their day.