New Delhi: With 60 medals, paralympian Naresh Kumar Sharma and his mother have proved that disabilities don't hold back a person if he/she has the will to fulfil their dreams.
According to some estimates India has almost 70 million people living with some form of disability. But hardly 1% of them are employed. But there are some who have overcome their disability through sheer courage and determination.
"My mother knew that I was determined so she supported me and let me do what I wanted to," says Naresh, an Arjuna awardee.
Naresh Kumar Sharma's story is one of courage and perseverance. It is the story of an achiever who fought the physical disabilities and the story of a mother's resolution to help her child achieve his goal. Naresh contracted polio at a tender age and since then life has been a struggle for him.
"We are also like the Indian soldiers. They guard the nation at the war front and we make sure that the Indian flag flies high, that we make our country proud," says Naresh.
It was only the mother who stood by him at all times, all others only made fun of his efforts.
But nothing could deter him from achieving his ultimate goal. He aimed at becoming a shooter and today he has more than 60 medals to his credit in the rifle shooting category.
Though he failed to win a medal at the London Paralympics but he is working towards winning a gold at the next Paralympics.