Chennaiite is wheelchair basketball champ

By G Srinivasan Published on Sep 21, 2017 11:18 AM IST

Chennai: When excelling in sports and its related activities are proving to be a tough task for normal individuals, A Hindu, a youngster residing in Vandikaran Street, Mambalam, Chennai, is proving that physical disability  is not a deterrent when it comes to making a mark in this field as a sportswoman and getting recognised for it.

Hindu plays for the National Wheelchair Basketball (NWB) team and participates in national and international events. Hindu said, "I made entry into sports when I was at class six in Government Girls School, Saidapet, thanks to MS Nagarajan, coach for Para Olympic athletics.  He coached me in various sports and helped to win at various field and track events,"  Hindu’s  house is filled with gallery of medals and trophies she had won in athletic events organised for physically challenged persons by institutions like YMCA, Lions Club.

Hindu has recently finished  Bachelor of Arts (Economics) at AM Jain College, Meenambakkam.

About turning her eyes on wheelchair basketball, Hindu replied "after tasting success in track and field events, I thought of settling down in a team event and started practising wheelchair basketball".

"Fortune favoured me at a match where my game was noticed by president of National Wheelchair Basketball team, Madhavi Latha who identified my talents and took me to the national level. My special thanks to coach Thayumanavan sir, who took interest and nurtured me into a full-fledged player," she added.

The national team ranked third in the International Wheelchair Basketball tournament held recently in Indonesia and Hindu scored maximum baskets in the said game.

How does Hindu manage both studies and sports? "It is my mother Sudha who run from pillar to post for my growth in both the areas and sports in particular.  She never lets me miss a match and accompanies me in every event I participate," replied Hindu who aims to play Olympic games for the national team.

"I hope the authorities (Olympic Federation) will include wheelchair basketball in the next edition," she says.

Hailing from a economically backward family, traveling widely for participating in matches requires financial freedom and Hindu’s family seems to be struggling on that count.  "I handle the finances with lot of difficulties as there are not much sponsors to help.  For every trip, I depend on support from family members and from a few philanthropists," replied Sudha, mother of Hindu.

"We were happy when a judge of Madras High Court, Justice MV Muralidharan, presented Rs.10,000 to my daughter at a function held recently.  Such an encouragement motivates and induces her to excel further in the game."

Hindu smilingly says, "My only dream is to play for Olympic games and hope to achieve it with the support of people around me."

A Hindu can be reached at 98417 58065, 90925 56336.