Mangalore, Sep 12, 2014: Arunima Sinha who has emerged as a national icon for differently-abled people has won the hearts of the youth on her very first visit to the city. Participating in an interaction programme with students organized by Yuva Brigade at Sanghaniketan here on Friday, the first woman amputee, and also first Indian amputee to climb Mount Everest, gave a pep talk to motivate and inspire the younger generation.
Arunima Sinha was a national-level volleyball player before morphing into a mountaineer. Life took an about turn for her three years who lost her left leg after being thrown out of a moving train in Bareilly three years back, on April 11th 2011 when some chain snatchers pushed her out of a moving train while resisting their attempt to rob her. Severely injured in the incident, doctors were forced to amputate her left leg below the knee in order to save her life.
“There is lot of negativity all around us and you should translate it into positive energy,” she exhorted the students, “Even when I was in the hospital, I dreamt of climbing Mt Everest. As soon as I was out of the hospital, I started training for it.’’
Keeping true to her word, Arunima Sinha created history on May 21st 2013, when she along with other adventurers scaled Mount Everest after training for months with Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to conquer the peak.
Paying rich tributes to Swami Vivekananda, the patron saint for the youth, Arunima Sinha urged the students to accept every opportunity and take it as a challenge. “If you have the goal and determination to succeed, no target is unachievable,” she said.
Not one to rest on her laurels, Arunima has announced plans to scale the highest peaks in all seven continents in the world. “I have conquered peaks in Asia, Africa and Europe. My next goal is to scale the highest mountain in Australia next October. After that I will concentrate on peaks in rest of the world,’’ she said.
She also plans to open a free sports academy for the poor and differently-abled persons. The project would require a funding of Rs 25 crore, she said.