These athletes have succeeded in becoming the very best in their sport and are now on a world stage, showing the world what they are made of.
One such gifted athlete who has a special story is 20 year old Maiya Bisunkhe who grew up in SOS Children’s Village Jorpati, Nepal. She will be competing in the 100 metre race at this year’s Paralympics.
Maiya was born with a deformed hand from below the elbow. Maiya’s father died when she was very young. The family was left in turmoil and her mother was unable to cope with her children. In 2002, aged 10, Maiya came to live in the SOS Children’s Village Jorpati where she was welcomed into a family home, nurtured and cared for. It was here that she developed her passion for running.
Since 2006, Maiya has been participating actively in National level sport activities. In 2006 and in 2007 during the National Para Games she grabbed the gold medal in the 100 metre sprint. The organising committee chose her as a probable candidate for the upcoming Beijing Paralympics 2008. But the International Paralympics Committed granted a single wild card for Nepal and that was given to a male athlete.
Maiya’s dreams were shattered. But she is a young woman made of stronger stuff. Maiya did not quit, on the contrary, she trained harder and within a year her hard work paid off: she was selected for the Para Asian Youth Games Tokyo 2009. The ‘Tokyo games’ was a great opportunity to sharpen her skills and to collect the experiences of an international sports meet.
However it was in Guangzhou at the Asian Para Games 2010 that she secured her gold ticket to London. Based on her performance she was granted the wild card along with a male athlete Bikram as the only two Nepalese athletes to represent Nepal in the London Paralympics Games 2012.