Dream it, Be it!! – Paracycling
Disability is just the inability to see ability. Our heroes, disabled soldiers validated this expression very aptly when they participated in BSF Gallant Ride 2016 and Curtain raiser Infinity ride 2017 conducted by the AMF (Aditya Mehta Foundation) and BSF (Border Security Forces) from November 24th – December 1stFrom Attari(Wagah border) to Chhawla, Delhi, a distance of 500kms. Despite losing their limbs for our nation’s sake, they continue to make us feel proud by setting an example. In order to raise awareness, aid and funds for para athletes they participated in a cycling event from Attari(Wagah border) to Delhi; a feat seemingly impossible for the differently abled achieved only through sheer determination and force of will. This ride was arranged on occasion of BSF Raising day which was on 1st December. It included 15 Para cyclists and 13 normal body people from BSF, CRPF, ITBP and civilians as well including Mr Aditya Mehta who has won Double silver Medals for India in Para Asian Cycling Championship and founder of Aditya Mehta Foundation.
As physiotherapists, we mostly treat patients in a clinical and community setting, so getting to interact with these ‘SUPERHUMANS’ was a great opportunity. We got to assist the AMF and BSF in planning and designing Divyaang Skill Development Centre which will be a disable friendly platform and a stepping stone for the AMFs vision to make India ‘World’s best country in Para-Sports. It will be a place where any person with a disability will be counselled to dream and be it, to live his life to the fullest and make the nation proud, again and again.
For everyone, every day, warmup and cool down sessions were conducted before and after the ride respectively. We treated 7 para cyclists and 4 able bodies for pain after ride. Making a Stroke (paralysis) affected patient ride for around 100kms on a bicycle was the moment of accomplishment for us.
We would like to thank Mr Salil Jain for giving us such an exceptional opportunity to work with Aditya Mehta foundation and Border Security forces and SICOP Principal Dr Savita Rairikar(PT), Dr ApurvShimpi(PT), Dr GajananBhalerao(PT) and Dr Ankit Shrivastava(PT) for supporting us throughout our journey. We also thank Mr Aditya Mehta and we look forward to work with him and for his cause again.
Dr Asha Shaikh(PT) 2ndMPTh
Dr RiddhiGoradia(PT) 2ndMPTh
Dr Manish Ray(PT) 2ndMPTh