A champion with no hands: Vishwas K S
It is said that if you have will nothing can stop you achieving your goals, and the same thing was proved by Vishwas K S a Bengaluru based Para swimmer who won three medals including two silvers and a bronze, in the breaststroke and backstroke events. By his amazing performance India finished within the top 10 among 30 other competing countries.
Vishwas lost his arms aged just 10, when he accidentally slipped on live electric wires. He said, “My father used to work as a clerk in the Agriculture department, he rushed me to the hospital, I was in coma for close to two weeks. My father tried to save me, but he lost his life in the process. The doctors said If they wanted me to survive, it had to be without my hands.”
The fatherless boy and the rest of his family then moved to Bengaluru. Vishwas completed his B.Com degree and took up some jobs as well. He says he became interested in swimming thanks to the support of family and friends who often took him along when they went for kung fu, dance and swimming classes.
An NGO named Book a smile helped Vishwas attain his swimming dream, along with nutritional and infrastructural help coming in from another NGO.
He made it into the the national para-swimming setup after impressing selectors during a tournament in Belgavi. Three gold medals at that event, saw the Sports Authority of India (SAI) coaches immediately give him the Canada nod. And where he proved himself by bagging 3 medals.
“Before swimming, I made sure I completed my education at any cost, after doing that I worked here and there as I was not paid for swimming, but now I’m more motivated than ever to make swimming my only profession. I know Rio 2016 is not possible for me, but I can assure qualification for Tokyo 2020” he says.
So this is the story of true sport person who going by his name Vishwas did what he wanted and proved himself.