While we were busy celebrating PV Sindhu’s big win, another Indian badminton player, Manasi Joshi, won a gold medal at her singles event at the Para Badminton World Championships (BWC) in Basel, Switzerland.
Overall, the Indian Para team won 12 medals at this event – 3 golds, 4 silvers and 5 bronzes. Congratulations to the team!
Wondering what Para BWC is? Well, para sports are sports played by people who have disabilities – physical or intellectual. If you’ve ever been told “Where there is a will, there is always a way”; these sports people are living proof of that!
Born in 1989, Manasi started playing badminton at a very young age with her father. In 2010, she met with a terrible road accident and lost her left leg. But her ‘never say die’ spirit made sure she was back up on both feet – one being a prosthetic leg (!) and her passion for badminton motivated her to become a professional player.
Since she started playing international tournaments in 2015, Manasi has won 1 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze medals. She joined the P Gopichand Badminton Academy in 2018 to train harder and better for her future tournaments; and the result is here for all of us to see!
Manasi Joshi is an inspiration for all of us and we learn that no matter what life throws at you, all you need to do is catch it and slam dunk!
Written by: Preetika Soni. Preetika is a full – time toddler mommy. In the time that is left, she enjoys writing, photography and crochet. She has worked with NDTV, Mumbai and has taught at SCMSophia.