Saturday, 7 September 2013

Briefing session on the coaching camp for our paraswimmers

7th Sep.'13

Today we arranged a briefing session on the coaching camp to prepare our swimmers for the forthcoming National Event to be conducted from 10th to 12th Nov.'13 at Basavangudi, B'lore. Our Technical Director Mr Ananda Jothi, who is a renowned physiotherapist, demonstrated fitness exercises to our swimmers. He has shown exercises which can be done by the swimmers who can use only hands (those exercises can be done in sitting or lying posture) and also for the swimmers who can use only legs. Really it's very helpful for all of u. With the support of my organisation Scope Int'l we could distribute protein powder packs and theraband (helpful for doing exercises) to all the swimmers whom we are going to send for the national event. We provided lunch to all the attendants. Pudhu Vaazhu Project Officials helped in bringing swimmers from the districts for the session.

With the consent of all the swimmers it is proposed to arrange a coaching camp at Dindigul from 19th Oct.'13 to 9th Nov.'13 apart from the weekend coaching which has been continuing for many weeks. I am going to meet SDAT officials for the required approvals.

For the first time in our State we have taken the initiative to provide intensive coaching for our paraswimmers who are going to participate in the National Event with the sole intention of  encouraging our differently abled swimmers and bringing laurels to our State also.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

1st State level Paralympic Swimming Championship - Championship Report

1st State level Paralympic Swimming Championship-2013
(July 20-21, 2013)


The Paralympic Swimming Association of Tamilnadu (PSATN) after its successful hosting of the 12th National Paralympic Swimming & Water Polo championship in Dec 2012 in the very first year of its inception, made it a point to conduct the 1st State level Paralympic Swimming Championship-2013 with the main aim of encouraging participants from  various districts of Tamilnadu. PSATN conducted this event at SDAT Aquatic Stadium, Velachery Road, beside Raj Bhawan, Guindy, Chennai from July 20-21, 2013 .

A total of 160 differently abled swimmers (144 males and 16 females) and 150 officials/escorts/coaches/managers (Total 310 persons) took part in the    Two-day event representing Thirty (30) different districts namely Chennai, Kanchipuram, Dharmapuri, Namakkal, Vellore, Tuticorin, Nagerkoil, Dindigul to name a few. The swimmers were classified into eight disability groups / categories depending upon their type and degree of disabilities namely S1 to S5 – Locomotion-impaired (affected by polio, amputees, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, etc), S11 (visually-challenged) and SD (Down syndrome), S7 – Dwarfs. Further classified into 3 age groups in both male and female sections, i. e., Sub-juniors (under 15 years), Juniors (15 to 18+ years), and Seniors (19 years and above). A total of 67different events were conducted.

Accommodation to all teams and escorts was provided at SDAT, Aquatic Stadium. It was shared accommodation provided along with beddings. Food was provided to all the teams, escorts and officials by the organizers.

The Championship was inaugurated by Thiru.K.Rajaraman I.A.S., Member Secretary – Sports Development Authority of Tamilnadu who has been a great support for this event throughout. Mr.J Chandra Mouli, Head, HRSSC of Scope international Pvt Ltd and Mrs Mythili K Rajendran, IAS, Project Director, Tamilnadu Pudhu Vaazhvu Project were the Guests of Honour.
At the closing ceremony, Mr.V.K Jeyakodi, IAS, State Commissioner for the Welfare of the Differently-abled, gave away the trophies to the victorious athletes. Guests of Honour, Mr.Nasimuddin, IAS Principal Secretary to Government, Youth Welfare and Sports Development Department, and Mr Edwin Nevis, CEO of Scope Ont’l Pvt. ltd, congratulated the winners, and extended their best wishes to all athletes, and their families

Mr.C.Ananda Jothi, Specialist Musculoskeletal Manipulative and Sports physiotherapy worked as the Technical Director for the Championship while Miss P. Madhavi Latha was the Organizing Secretary.

On the basis of points allotted to medals won, Individual Best Swimmers were selected and Trophies were awarded to them in all categories and age groups for both males and females making a total of twenty one (21) such trophies.

Overall Swimming Championship was lifted by Chennai district with 25 medals (17 Gold, 6 Silver & 2 Bronze) and 650 points. Pudukottai remained second with 18 medals (Gold 5, Silver 6 & Bronze 7) and 340 points. The team from Madurai district put up a great show and bagged third place with 14 medals  (Gold 3, Silver 5 & Bronze 6) and 250 points.

PSATN is very proud to share news of the formation of a new water polo team with the swimmers from various districts. This team will be trained both physically and mentally with all the recent scientific advancements to take part in the upcoming Nationals to be held at Bangalore.

PSATN takes immense pleasure in thanking SDAT Officials for providing accommodation and  permission to use SDAT Aquatic Stadium for conducting the event and also for extending great support through their coaches & Tamilnadu Pudhu Vaazhvu project Officials for identifying swimmers from nooks and corners of Tamilnadu with great effort, Scope international Pvt Ltd (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Standard Chartered Bank – UK) & Kences constructions Co Pvt. Ltd for stepping forward to help with sponsorship and event management and also we thank Nathella jewelers, Sri Sugam physiotherapy institute  and Yes We Too Can for their great support in making this championship a grand success. And PSATN is very much thankful to the Principal, Loyola College for extedning his affectionate blessings & support for our cause by sending NCC Cadets from their college to help the participant and to Prof Sujatha Srinivasan of IIT, Madras for arranging demonstration about the functioning of Swimming Pool Lift Project along with her team of students.

The Championship was very extensively covered by the local print and electronic media. The motto of the Championship was to increase the awareness among masses towards providing equal opportunities to the people with different limitations in order to enable them to become independent and live as respectable citizens and equal partners in social, cultural, economical, political and sports life. The Championship provides an opportunity for their social integration and motivates them to be active participants in nation building.

Friday, 26 April 2013


18th Apr.'13

Link for the Short film on Ripples Chennai 2012:

PRESS RELEASE on the forthcoming
1st State Level Paralympic Swimming Competition -2013
On the throes of the successful Ripples Chennai 2012 – the 12th National Paralympics Swimming and Water polo Championship held last year in Chennai, the Paralympic Swimming Association of Tamil Nadu (PSATN) has recognized a growing need for strengthening the state-level Paralympics team.
In order to prepare a full-fledged team to take part in the National Paralympic Swimming & Water Polo Championship 2013 scheduled to be held at Bangalore in October/Novemeber 2013, the PSATN is planning to conduct an Intra State competition wherein participants from various parts of TN can attend a selection process.
The first-ever state level competition is scheduled to be held under the auspices of PSATN on July 21 at the SDAT aquatic complex at Velachery, Chennai between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.
Swimmers will be categorized as follows:
· S1 to S5 – Locomotion-impaired (eg: those affected by polio, amputees, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, etc)
· S11- Visually-challenged
· SD -Down Syndrome
The swimmers would be brought under the groups of sub juniors, juniors and seniors for the male and female categories separately. Winners in this State Level Competition will be selcted for 13th National Paralympic Swimming & Water Polo Championship.
PSATN is looking forward to enthusiastic participants from all over Tamil Nadu to give their names to the Association in the prescribed format on or before 20 June 2013 to facilitate the organisers to plan this state level event.
The participation would be free of cost and the PSATN will arrange breakfast, lunch and evening tea on the day of the event. The participants will have to make their own arrangements to arrive at the venue on the scheduled date & time.
Details of the application forms and other documents for submission are available on the website: The completed application forms along with supporting documents should reach the below address on or before 20 June 2013.
Paralympic Swimming Association of Tamilnadu,
C/O Sri Sugum Physiotherapy Institute,
No 76 Conclave, 2nd Floor
Mahalingapuram Main Road,
Nungambakkam, Chennai - 600034
In addition, PSATN will be conducting a seminar for water polo and swimming coaches on the Paralympic Swimming Competition in the first week of May,’13. Participation Certificates will be issued to the participants. Interested Coaches are requested to register their names for the Seminar through our mail id:

Sunday, 31 March 2013



I was invited by my friend Mr Deepak, C A to give a talk at ICAI. After completion of C A, they will have around 3 weeks training programme. It's a nice experience to meet such young and enthusiastic Chartered Accountants. All of them promised to extend their support for my activities.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

An Article in Hindu

Pulling out all the stops

Asha Sridhar
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GEARED UP FOR CHALLENGES:Madhavi Latha who participated in the annual car rally for the blind.Photo: R. Ragu
GEARED UP FOR CHALLENGES:Madhavi Latha who participated in the annual car rally for the blind.Photo: R. Ragu
Asha Sridhar
Through the windowpane of her car, P. Madhavi Latha looked like any other enthusiastic contestant at the Annual Car Rally for the Blind- gearing up to drive with the help of instructions given by a visually-impaired person who was armed with a Braille route map. However, as she opened the door and her heart out, the 43-year old paralympic swimming champion revealed almost casually, her remarkable journey from having to be lifted by her brother and father to be taken to school in Sathupalli in Khamman district, to winning three gold medals in the severely disabled category at the 11{+t}{+h}National Paralympic Swimming Competition held in Kolhapur. “I do not have any negative feelings, because I can do everything that a normal person can do,” said the effervescent Madhavi, who was affected by Polio when she was seven months old. Today, the general secretary of the Paralympic Swimming Association of Tamil Nadu and associate vice-president, Scope International, she spearheads initiatives to make sporting, and particularly swimming facilities more accessible to the differently-abled.
“It took great effort to find a house which was disabled-friendly and had a car park facility,” she said. She recalled how she appeared as a private candidate to pass Class XII in Sathupalli, took special permission to write the ‘logic’ paper as she was the only student, got a BA in maths and public administration, and fought for a hard-earned banking job in the public sector. “I had to learn English when I moved to Hyderabad,” said Madhavi who had studied in Telugu medium.
“When I left my bank job in Hyderabad to join my current job, my extended family initially opposed as they thought that I would not be able to handle the work pressure,” she said. In 2007, when her health deteriorated because of muscular weakness, she had two options- a high-risk spinal surgery or Hydrotherapy. And, the first time she entered water, she felt liberated.
“I was free from the walker, and in water I could do movements which I can’t on ground. The water took care of my weight,” she said. Having learnt swimming on her own with the help of a tube, she called for more coaches who are trained in teaching differently-abled persons swimming. Madhavi, who learnt to drive a two-wheeler in 1999 and a car in 2004 , has been putting off the decision to get herself a new car. “It took me around four months to get this car modified,” she said with one hand on the steering wheel of her hand-operated Maruti Zen.
( A column about people who have beat the odds and won .)

Link for the Article:

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

RIPPLES Chennai 2012 -Event summary

RIPPLES Chennai 2012 -Event summary

Link for article in Hindu School Edition:

The 12th National Paralympic swimming & Water Polo Championship was hosted by our Paralympic Swimming Association of Tamilnadu (PSATN) from 6-9 December 2012 under the aegis of Paralympic Swimming Federation of India and in collaboration with Sports Devpt Authority of Tamilnadu . We christened it Ripples Chennai 2012. The event had an overwhelming response from all over India. 334 differently abled participants from 18 states stretching from Jammu & Kashmir to Karnataka and Goa took part in this National Championship. They were accompanied by around 130 escorts. 
 The success of any mega event like this depends on the support and help we muster from the generous organisations and philanthropists who have faith and belief in the commitment of the organisers. 
We started the PSATN to propagate the importance of swimming in the lives of differently abled people. It is really a great challenge for our newly formed organization. Before paying our tributes to all our supporters who stood behind us like a rock, let us present the full details of this National event. 
There were 144 different events incorporating different strokes of swimming from free style, breast stroke, butterfly and back stroke to name a few. The participants were all classified technically based on the availability of their muscle functions as S1 – S5 Locomotion impaired – physical impairment as Polio, Amputation,  Cerebral palsy, etc. S11 - Visually impaired (partially and fully). SD – Down Syndrome.
The event was conducted for 4 days from 6th to 9th Dec 2012. On 6th Dec we received the participants from Chennai Central Railway Station and accommodated them at IIT, Madras. After finishing the classification of the participants by the officials of Paralympic Swimming Federation of India (PSFI) we took them to SDAT Aquatic Complex in the evening for practice session. 7th and 8th witnessed all of the 144 swimming events and the event came to a close  with Water polo finals on 9th Dec 2012.Various gold, silver and bronze medals were given with individual championships under the categories of S1 – S5, S 11, SD. The individual championships were given for Men and Women under all age groups viz. Sub Junior, Junior and senior. The total number of individual championships given was 35 in number.
The winners of the Water polo championships were West Bengal for Gold followed by Maharashtra for Silver and Karnataka for Bronze.
The overall team championships were bagged by West Bengal with 725 points followed by Maharashtra with 424 points and Karnataka with 226 points. 
Karnataka has taken the honour of hosting the 13th National Paralympic swimming championship at Bangalore in 2013.

The 12th National Paralympic swimming & Water Polo Championship was inaugurated by the Worshipful Mayor of Chennai Thiru.Saidai.Sa.Duraisamy in the august presence of Thiru.Senthamizhan M.L.A Saidapet constituency, Mr V K Jeyakodi IAS, State Commissioner for the Differently Abled  and various other dignitaries. 
7th December had a great cultural evening hosted by the sweet children of the Down syndrome association of Tamilnadu. It was an energizing moment to witness children performing in an organized fashion to various tunes. Special thanks to Mrs.Sandhya for her guidance in this regard. 
Our wholehearted thanks to the management of Saint Louis Institute for the Deaf and Blind School  and to their visually challenged students for giving a grand musical performance on 9th Dec.’12 morning which had won wide applause from the audience. 
Thanks to Radio city, our media partner for their untiring broadcast and to all other Print and Electronic Media friends who covered the event.
The event was declared closed by The Honorable Minister for Sales and commercial tax Thiru.Ramana in the august presence of ever friendly and affectionate Thiru.J.C.D.Prabhakar M.L.A, Villivakkam constituency at the end of the valedictory function on 9th Dec.’12. It was a great honor for all the participants to receive the championships from the chief guests.
All this would have not been possible without the sponsorships of great souls in the form of money, food, transport, Manpower etc.
We thank the government of Tamilnadu for all their timely help. The Stadium Officer Mr Thamilselvan and staff of SDAT Aquatic Complex have wholeheartedly extended their support for smooth conduct of the event. We thank Mr.S.Govindasamy, Chennai Central railway Station Manager for his tremendous support which helped us in receiving the participants from their respective trains. 
No words to describe the social responsibility of Scope international Pvt Ltd who supported the event by providing 1200 volunteers who played a vital role in transporting the participants ,receiving them, taking care of them at every point which resulted in lot of emotional expressions from the participants. The way in which the dining was programmed by them needs special mention too. Hats off to them.PSATN extends its heartfelt thanks for all the support from Scope Int’l Pvt Ltd. 
We are greatly indebted to our Chief Patron Mr.K.Narsa Reddy, Chairman Kences Constructions Pvt Ltd for his valuable guidance from the beginning. He has not only borne the entire cost of accommodation and food at IIT, Madras but also sponsored snacks, energy drink and bananas for all the participants at frequent intervals to keep up their energy levels.  
Our special thanks for Oriental cuisines Pvt Ltd for sponsoring delicious food (Lunch) on all 4 days for everyone present in the event.  They have also provided a special dinner on 7th Dec 2012.

Our heartfelt thanks for everyone at IIT Madras for the invaluable support of providing a safe, serene, hygienic accommodation which is very much supportive to the needs of the physically challenged people.   
Thanks to Sri sugam physiotherapy Institute Pvt Ltd for the volunteering work extended by their physiotherapists. 
We are very much thankful to Sriram Foundation for providing high quality medals and trophies.
We thank all the State Coordinators, their officials, coaches, all the participants and their escorts for their excellent cooperation in conducting this event in a smooth manner. 
We express our heartfelt thanks to the following organizations and individuals for their wholehearted support for the success of our event:
  1. The management of  Sri Ramachandra Hospitals for providing ambulance services with emergency medical technicians.
  2. 108 emergency services
  3. Dr Moses and  Dr Prabhakar for their medical support
  4. Fire Services Dept, Govt of Tamilnadu
  5. Railway Protection Force officials
  6. Police Dept of Tamilnadu State Govt
  7. Differently Abled Welfare Dept of Tamilnadu State Govt
  8. Pudhu Vazhvu Project officials, Rural Devpt Dept of TN Govt for encouraging the differently abled swimmers of rural areas in Tamilnadu to participate in this national event
  9. School Education and Higher Education Authorities
  10. NCC Officials for their support in maintaining orderliness at pool area
  11. Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd for providing T-shirts and caps
  12. NIEPMD
  13. All our other esteemed sponsorers and supporters 
We, the members of the Paralympic swimming association of Tamilnadu by order on behalf of our Chief Patron Mr.K.Narsa Reddy, Chairman Kences Constructions Pvt Ltd, President Dr. (Mrs)K Rema Devi, Rtd. Sr Scientist, ZSI, Vice president Mrs.Uthira ramachandran, Socialite, General Secretary Ms. P.Madhavi Latha, Associate Vice President, Scope International, Joint Secretary P.Sai Krishnan Sr.Executive – HCL info systems, Treasurer Ms Preetha Ananda Jothi , Managing Director, Sri Sugam physiotherapy Institute Pvt Ltd, Medical Director, DR. Leonard Ponraj, Sr. Sports Medicine Specialist, Technical Director – Dr.C.Ananda Jothi, Director - Sri Sugam physiotherapy Institute Pvt Ltd, Committee Member – Mr.P.P.S.Raju, Retd Teacher take this as our responsibility to thank one and all for supporting us in making Ripples Chennai 2012 a grand success. 

Ripples Chennai 2012 is a dream come true of everyone at PSATN.