When they returned from Satara with gold medals,two physically challenged girls were greeted by enthusiastic residents of Silli block in Ranchi district.They were flooded with greetings and garlands.
Sushila Kumari,16,a Class XI student of Kasturba Gandhi Balika school(KGBS),whose right leg was paralysed by polio since birth,had won gold medal in the National Para – Archery competition in compound event held in Satara,Maharashtra,on October 12-17.
Another girl,Bhawani Kumari,12,a Class V student of the state government run school,Silli,had won gold medal in the same competition in Indian archery event.
Both these girls,whose parents were poorest of the poor belonging to Below Poverty Level category,were trained at Birsa Munda Archery Centre at Silli,represented in the Jharkhand Assembly by the founder of the All Jharkhand Students Union party and Deputy CM Sudesh Mahto.The centre was set up and run by Mahto.
“Whatever we are today,it is because of him(Mahto).We owe him our gold medals”,smiles Bhawani as Sushila giggles.Although Mahto was not available for comment,these two physically challenged archers were inspired by Deepika Kumari,world’s top ranking archer,who hails from Ranchi.
The warden of KGBS,Silli,Anita Lakra,who had watched them practice inside her school premise,was equally elated.”These two girls were school drop outs.But after they joined school and started practicing archery,they proved they had the will to hit the jackport.They had done all of us proud”,said Anita.
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