A Virtual Unified Skipping Competition- Amitasha, Youth leader from Uttar Pradesh

A Virtual Unified Skipping Competition- Amitasha, Youth leader from Uttar Pradesh

Belonging to the Science stream, it’s no surprise that Amitasha would be inclined towards Innovation-This is what she did exactly, as soon as the lockdown was announced- putting pen to paper on the next steps rather than musing over it. Amitasha came up with an idea of a virtual sporting activity. She placed all facts before herself- Social distancing above all. Skipping being her favorite sport became the star of her plan- ‘Virtual Unified Skipping Competition’

Amitasha Nanda Mishra is a student of the 11th Grade at the Sriram Millenium School, Faridabad, Haryana pursuing Science with Biology being her favorite subject. She plays Basketball and practices Yoga. She has participated in the National Yoga Competitio

n held in Haridwar, UP, in the U- 17 category along with

approx. 200 participants, about 3 years back. Having been a part of the SO Bharat family for over ten years, she finally came to the forefront as a Youth leader assuming a well-defined role during the ongoing SNF project

Anxious to proceed with her role of engaging her co- leaders, she decided to merge Sports with technology to break the lockdown monotony. After joining the dots, she involved her father to strengthen the module and without much delay popped up a plan! Keeping Inclusion as the goal, she ran the plan through her partner with Intellectual disability, Sahil Singh, for a discussion. Sahil and I greatly match in our choice of Basketball and Yoga. We decided to have the family members involved, especially to support the participating Athletes. The teams would comprise of two Youth leaders with ID and two without. Her plan is complete with all the details down to an opening and closing ceremony within the scheduled 60 minute time period. Complete Plan

Amitasha has been participating in Special Olympics since 2008. At the age of 4-5 she joined the Torch Run, Young Athletes, later supported in organizing the events and has now reached out to more youth leaders encouraging them to join the movement.  “Being involved with SO for so long has shown me so many success stories. I have seen so much confidence building up in the Athletes and also within myself. Being a shy person, the exposure has helped me open up and make new friends. I feel extremely happy and honoured engaging with the Special Olympics movement”, says Amitasha

I recall Vasu Tiwari, an Athlete in Bareilly- He is so social, so caring. He wishes me and my family on our birthdays every year. Remembering such small details makes me feel so nice. I have learnt this from him

 Amitasha manages 10 schools – special, mainstream and integrated, as part of the SNF project. “Through the SNF Project there has been an increased access and engagement in school based Inclusive Sports and education. In the past couple of years I have seen 50-60 new active youth and Athlete leaders joining Special Olympics, which is delightful to see. I actually thank the SNF project for providing us with so many new opportunities and goals enabling us at the forefront, making us feel empowered”

She is currently attending 5-6 hours of online classes daily.As she is preparing for the XIIth grade and is expecting her participation in SO to diminish in the coming months, due to the Board exams, she is in conversation with 2-3 Youth leaders amongst whom she will select one to delegate this role to.

 The names of the schools (State of UP) she manages on the SNF side:

  1. Almamater Senior Secondary School, Bareilly
  2. Chickar International School, Bareilly
  3. Police Modern School, Mathura
  4. Samvid International School, Mathura
  5. Harshit Public School Meerut
  6. Jaipuria School Lucknow
  7. Study Hall, Lucknow
  8. JSR Special School, Nainital
  9. Sri Guru Nanak Public School Nainital
  10. Little Scholars, Nainital