Never he would have thought of living his dreams again of participating in the Rio Olympics after losing both his hands to a loose electric wire. Here is the story of India’s first Paralympic qualified Suyash Jadhav. At the minor age when Suyash was in 6th standard, Suyash by his ill-fate got in contact with one of the loose wire lying around that gave him a massive jolt, as a result of what both his hands were to be amputated just short of his elbow. Fifteen years later to this Suyash made it to the Rio becoming the first Indian para swimmer to record the ‘A’ qualifying mark for 2016 Paralympics. His aim is not just to represent but also to win India’s first Paralympic medal in swimming.
Jadhav’s father is a national level swimmer who wanted his son to follow in his footsteps and do even better than his achievement. Suyash has learnt swimming from his native place Solapur, Maharashtra. Suyash gained prominence when he won a silver and a bronze medal at the 2015 IWAS World Games in Sochi, Russia, conducted by the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation. In doing so, Suyash became the first Indian Para swimmer to register the ‘A’ qualifying mark for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.He followed this up with four medals at the 2015 Winter Open Polish Championship in November and continued his medal-winning form into 2016, winning three silver medals at the German swimming championship in January.
“Initially I did not feel the loss of my hands as my parents, who were anyway feeding me, continued to do so for few more years. It was only later when I became a teenager that they asked me to take care of daily needs myself. Even I felt the need of my hands then. But not for minute was I disappointed and I quickly learnt to get through my daily chores without any problem,” says Jadhav. “I learnt swimming with my arms and I started competing and even won prizes. That encouraged my family and they gave me good support,” added Jadhav.
With all his hard work Suyash is aiming to get one of the medal in this Rio olympics.