Being the youngest participant in Udaan, a para-motoring event, being held at Forest Hill Golf Club, was a moment to remember for 13-year-old Ananya Mishra. The Delhi resident was among the 125 differently abled participants who took the seven-minute para-motor glide ride at the golf venue Saturday. Mishra, who suffers from cerebral palsy and studies in Navy Children School in Delhi, was also joined by other students and elders in the event conceptualized by Chandigarh Spinal Rehab Centre along with Adventure Beyond Boundaries.
“I got to know about the event two weeks back and when I told my father, who is in the Indian Navy. He supported me fully and I was mentally preparing about this ride. Initially, I was a bit afraid but after a few seconds, I felt like a bird in the sky. We practiced for the last three days and now I am eager to do some more rides,” said Mishra.
For Hoshiarpur native Paramjit Kaur, it was also an opportunity to show others that people with spinal injuries can perform such daring acts. The 51-year-old, who suffered a spine injury in 1998 and was paralysed, became the eldest participant in the event. “ I have been staying in Chandigarh for the last one year. Seeing other differently abled persons performing and living a challenging life motivated me to take part in this event. It was a bit complicated but more and more people should face such a challenges and I asked my instructor to give me one extra round,” Kaur said.
The event which will conclude on Sunday saw participants taking flights in morning as well as evening. “It is India’s first para-motoring event for the differently-abled persons. When we thought of this event, we got response from all over India. More than 125 participants have registered for the event and the para-motoring sessions are being organised in the morning as well as evening.
It gives them an opportunity to show the world that they can face challenges and this acts as a motivation for them. Some of the participants who cannot move their body below the neck took part in the event with great enthusiasm,” said Nicky P Kaur, founder and CEO, Chandigarh Spinal Rehab Centre.