Saturday, 28 July 2012

My Participation in Corporate Olympiad


Today I participated in Corporate Olympiad Swimming Competition. Corporate Olympiad is a big Sports event for the corporate employees. I have been participating in this event for for the last 3 years. First time I was recognized as Sports Person in this event only. I am the only physically challenged participant in this swimming competition. I love to participate with all the normal people. My participation gives confidence to other challenged people. And other corporate employees also will come to know about the possibility of swimming for the challenged people. And I hope they will start encouraging challenged people in their circles.

I won bronze medal in 25 mt breast stroke. I also participated in 50mt and 100mt freestyle competition and stood at 4th position. No of Women participants this year is more than previous years. it's a good sign.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Organising Committee meeting - Ripples - Chennai 2012


Today is a memorable and fantastic day. Under the stewardship of Mr Rajkumar I.A.S., Additional Chief Secretary for Sports today we had the organising committee meeting regarding the arrangements for Ripples - Chennai 2012. Ms Kannegi I.A.S., Secretary for the welfare of the Differently Abled has kindly accepted our invitation and participated in this meeting. Keen interest evinced by the top officials of Sports and Disability Welfare of Tamilnadu in this regard shows the commitment of Tamilnadu State Govt for the welfare of the differently abled. They promised to extend their maximum support for the successful conduct of Rippes - Chennai 2012. We are very much grateful to Mr Rajkumar Sir and Ms Kannegi Madam for sparing their precious time for the sake of our Association.

Monday, 23 July 2012

"Different Strokes" - Art show with a difference by GLRA India


GLRA India, a German based NGO (Registered in India) supports the people with disabilities, leprosy and tuberculosis. To support these causes they arranged an art exhibition "Different Strokes" - paintings by Professionals and Special people at Lalit Academy. They invited me for this inauguration. I went there along with my colleague Ms Sangeetha. Public can go and watch these paintings from 11Am to 7PM from 23rd Jul to 29th Jul.'12. Ms Kannegi I.A.S., Secy. for the welfare of Differently abled inaugurated the exhibition. In her speech she introduced me to the audience and announced about Ripples - Chennai 2012 (12th National Paralympic Swimming Competition) which is going to be conducted from 6th Dec. to 9th Dec.'12. I am very much grateful to her for this kind gesture. Audience includes artists, philanthropists, NGOs who are supporting the differently abled. Great collection of paintings. Velichcham TV people took my interview about this exhibition. I could meet many great artists there. It's a great experience.

Monday, 16 July 2012

My Visit to Vidyasagar School at Kotturpuram


Ms Ummul Khair whom I came to know during the shooting for Vijay TV programme has invited me to 'Kalakkal Cafe' at Vidya Sagar. Every second and Fourth Saturday in a month they will have this event. Concept behind this event is very great. Giving an opportunity to the challenged people as well as normal people to meet at one place which is differently abled friendly and have fun and entertainment.

I have great admiration for Ummul for her courageous and adventurous nature. Sitting in a wheel chair she can do rappling (climbing the walls with the support of rope). I could meet many challenged people there. After coming to know about me they felt very happy. They also showed interest to learn swimming. Mr Janaki Raman felt so excited when he saw me as he watched Makkal Arangam episode on me. Through signs he spoke to me. It's a nice experience to meet him. At the age of 35 years he came to this School from a rural area and strted his studies and completed 10th Standard. Now he is taking care of a shop there. Great Confidence!

Thursday, 12 July 2012

39th Junior National Aquatic Championships - 2012


Today I went to Velachery Aquatic Complex to watch 39th Junior National Aquatic Championships. It was a nice experience. Organisers of the event requested me to distribute prizes to the winners of one event. I felt honoured. Mr Rajkumar I.A.S., Additional Chief Secy for Sports for TN Govt came there. I got the opportunity to meet him.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Are we encouraging the challenged people in sports? If not - Why?


Pl see the person in the attached photo with out two hands. Last year he was the champion in National Paralympic Swimming Competition under his category. Y'dayhe phoned me and told that he got Govt Job in physical education side. His medals at National level Competition helped him a lot in getting the job. My friends Lakshmi, Rajesh and Kiran helped me in taking him to the National Paralympic Swimming Competition. Great thanks to all of them.

One life is settled.