The girls of Chambal region in Madhya Pradesh, once infamous for dacoits, are now bringing laurels to the region.
The girls of Chambal region in Madhya Pradesh, once infamous for dacoits, are now bringing laurels to the region. Farmer Mahesh Ojha’s differently-abled daughter Pooja Ojha has proved that all obstacles can be overcome with willpower and dogged determination.
Divyang since birth, Pooja was good at studies and also enthusiastically participated in extracurricular activities. She didn’t want to be a burden on family and wanted to excel in life. She was determined not to allow her physical disability to come in the path of success. She had the knack to succeed and she proved herself when she was selected for the trial of Asian Kayaking Championship.
Pooja was country’s first divyang player to be selected for the trial. After the trial she was selected for the championship. Pooja will leave for Thailand next month to participate in kayaking tournament. She is also the first player from Bhind district to be selected for playing on foreign turf.
Pooja’s trainer Hitendra Toma said training was provided to the students at Gauri Sarovar after the national championship was over. Pooja evinced her interest in the game. Hitendra said initially he thought Pooja would not be able to learn kayaking but she soon proved him wrong with her perseverance and keenness. Within a few months she gained such expertise in the game that everyone was taken aback.
Toamr said trial for Asian championship was held in Bhopal from September 29 to October 2 and Pooja was the first differently-abled player from the country to be selected for Asian kayaking tourney.
Pooja has gone to Delhi to apply for Thailand visa. She sounded confident of performing well in Thailand. She said she would achieve success and bring laurels to her birthplace Bhind as well as the country besides making her parents proud.