There is an old English proverb – “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”. Arunima Sinha, the first female amputee climber proves that words cent percent correct.
Arunima’s story can easily fit into an Oscar-winning inspirational film.
The national level volleyball player, Arunima, who lost her leg after a horrific incident where she was thrown off a train in 2011, stood on top of the world and achieved what is unthinkable for most.
The girl who was thrown out of the moving Padmawati Express for resisting a chain-snatching attempt by hoodlums in 2011 is now became the world’s first woman to conquer the Mt. Everest on a prosthetic leg.
Arunima didn’t stop there. Her goal is to scale the tallest peak on each continent, commonly known as Mission 7 Summits. On December 25th last year, she scaled Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, tallest mountain in the southern and western hemispheres count peak number five for Arunima.
The two remaining peaks are Vinson Massif in Antarctica and the Denali Peak in North America. The latter would require substantial funding, which is a challenge for Arunima, who runs a non-profit school named Shahid Chandrashekhar Azad Academy, which does not even have its own premises yet. Arunima’s dream is to get funding to turn it into a fully equipped academy.
Arunima is from a small town in eastern U.P called Ambedkarnagar. She was a national level volleyball player before she lost her leg. The tragic incident, however, seems to have spurred her on to greater heights. We wish her the very best for her mountaineering goals, as well as the dreams she has for her academy. She is a true inspiration.
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