Wheeling through Victory

Wheeling through Victory

Sandeep Dubey- SO Bharat-Madhya Pradesh

In the prime of youth Sandeep grappled with the aftermath of an accident that left him with a rod in his right thigh attached with 18 nuts20248592116_657e70f1d8_cand plates. With all his siblings moving on with their career he found himself stuck to the bed for months together. He is fortunate to belong to a strongly supportive family. His father is a retired army personnel.Sandeep was looking for more from life.

Through an NGO, Viklang Seva Bharti, that imparts education and vocational training to persons with Special Needs he was introduced to Special Olympics Bharat  in 2005. Always having being under the care of his elder brother, he liked his freedom. SO Bharat enabled him to explore his forte for cycling. Following medical advice his Coach, Rakesh kumar motivated and guided him thorugh his progress in the sport. Having being able to challenge an injury with sport gave a boost to his morale and there was no looking back. On being selected for the World Games his training schedule was notched up. He was additionally put under expert guidance of a Coach from the Cycling Association, Jabalpur.His chart included a strict regimen of practise and diet.

Sandeep returned with a Silver Medal and two ribbons of participation (7th and 8th position) in cycling from the Special Olympics World Summer  Games 2015. As soon as he stepped down from the victory stand he called Rakesh in India to break the news and also to tell him, ‘ I will give you a party Rakesh Sir !’ Along with the medal he came back with experiences of a lifetime. His leg injury is nearly forgotten as he cycles and dances along. He specially reminisces a joyous moment where he danced with Ms. Janet Froetscher, CEO, Special Olympics International.

Sandeep is 36 yrs of age and has been earning for the past 6 years. He often goes for making purchases which has made him confident about handling small transactions and also understand value of money. Apart from sports he is part of the vocational program which trains him to make products of art and craft. It is noteworthy that at the Camps he was observed to be overall responsible and also concerned about his co-Athletes.