Sarjubala Devi – The Next Mary Kom

Blog by : Anuradha Guha
Sarjubala Devi is an Indian woman boxer from Manipur.
Sarjubala was born on 1st June, 1993 to Sh. Rajen Singh and Sh. (o) Thoibi Devi. She was born in a farmer family in Manipur. She graduated with Education Honors from Manipur University, with first class in 2013. She was inspired by Mary Kom’s story and decided to join Boxing School in 2005.
After two years of training, she joined the Sports Authority of India in her city, Imphal. Her weight category is in the 48 Kgs.
In 2006, she won gold at the Sub Junior Women National Championship.
In 2008, she again won gold at the Sub Junior Women National Championship.
In 2009, Sarjubala won silver at Junior Women National Championship.
In 2010, she won gold at National boxing Championships in Bhopal.
In 2011, Sarjubala won two golds at National Boxing Championships, Bhopal, gold at Youth National Championships, India, and another gold at AIBA World Youth Boxing Championships, Antalya.
In 2014, she won silver at Women World Boxing Championship in Jeju City, Korea.
It was a very difficult journey for Sarjubala to even come close to her dreams. Her family was not an affluent one and she had to fight tooth and nails, to find her way out of poverty. In spite of such dire situations, she showed an infallible strength of character and determination.
The coach of the Indian team, Anoop Kumar says that he thinks there is talent enough in Sarjubala to become a World Champion. He said- “She’s an incredible fighter. She’s got lots of drive, lots of talent and I’ve really never seen anyone work harder. She’s already won the Youth World Championship in 2011, and I think she’s just a step away from doing the same at the Senior World Championships.”
Sarjubala is very polite and soft-spoken by nature, but she packs a fountain of courage.
She hold Mary Kom in high esteem and considers her to be her idol. She was quoted saying- “Every day, Mary Kom came and taught me new things. I trained with her, watched how much work she can do. I always wanted to work as much as she wanted. I want to be like her.”
When told that she is considered the next significant boxer after Mary Kom in India and asked her thoughts about it, she replied- “I really don’t know about the expectations from the boxing lovers of the country, but Mary didi is my role model and it is because of her exploits in the ring that I got inspired to take up boxing way back in 2004 in Imphal.”
Sarjubala considers her power-packed punches to be strong points. She joking mentioned that even her coach calls her a ‘Punching Machine’. She mentioned that her small height is a weakness for her. She has to work twice as hard against boxers who are taller than her.
When asked about her family, she mentioned that her father works as the driver of a water tank in Imphal. She had a younger sister who expired a few years back and she has a younger brother. She wants her boxing to keep her family happy.
This simple girl who is being heralded “The Next Mary Kom” is an inspiration to many in the way in which she fought up her way from poverty and has established herself as one of the leading women boxers of India.

” She is the fierce, tough, and fighting against patriarchy! ” Mamota Devi

Mamota is one of India’s first international bodybuilding champions. She has several national and international titles to her credit. She made the country proud in 2012 with a bronze medal at the World Body Building Championship at Bangkok. She also won a bronze medal at the Asian World Championship at Vietnam in 2013.
People think she always had this frame but the truth is she worked very hard to for this body.Earlier she used to work as a model but she wanted more from life.
Her decision to be a bodybuilder was not an easy one.She was inspired by her husband who is also a bodybuilder but her decision was not happily accepted by her parents who thought why their daughter wanted to become so manly.But her determination and will was so strong that eventually, everyone had to kneel.
The struggle to build her body just began.She knew that it was not easy and would require a lot of hard work and a good diet.She
needed supplements but the resources were not enough to fulfil this passion.But eventually, she got help from her sister-in-law and did a lot of hard work.She started toning her muscles, worked on her flexibility and other technical aspects of bodybuilding.
Every medal she earned paved path for her motivation every single day. She aspires to participate and win the Miss Olympia title, which is one of the highest accolades in the field of female bodybuilding.
It is not easy being a mother to 3 children and an international bodybuilder.But as it is said-“Where there is a will there is a way!”
The undying support from her husband and her sheer determination for bodybuilding has made her today what she is today.
The constant stares and the criticism do not deter this iron lady.She is an inspiration for everyone who is oppressed by patriarchy and wants to shine.
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The trainers and the courses available will help you to make the most of your inner strength and help unleash the fitter, healthier and the best you!
Mamota Devi is shows that there is nothing you cant achieve with hardwork,passion and love of family.

Harry boniface prabhu: Inspiration on Wheelchair

Blog by: Raj Kishan

An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it is going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming. So just focus and keep aiming. Life dragged him backwards, by making him quadriplegic but he didn’t lose him heart, he launched himself to greatness.

We are talking about Harry Boniface Prabhu, Indian quadriplegic wheelchair tennis player. He was born on 14 May 1972, at Bangalore. At the age of four, the tragedy struck, when a blotched lumbar made him paralysed below waist and made him a quadriplegic for the remainder of his life.

“My instructor came up to me and suggested that I should play a sport that will give me a better platform in life. So one fine day, I saw in one of our local newspaper that there is a disability national championship happening in Dharwad, in the north of Karnataka. First time I sat on a proper wheelchair and got a third place bronze in discus throw, followed by a gold medal. So it strongly motivated me and from there on I never looked back.” He said in an interview reminding how he came into sports. Now he is one of the pioneers in the sports world in India. He says that he took tennis because it keeps him busy all year, but the main reason is that the tennis association always trained disabled and abled players under one umbrella so he feels good about it.

As for his training, at first, he has a very tough training, the regime had him training six to seven hours a day. Later, he reduced the hours and worked on the mental aspects of the game. He does weight training and breathing exercises. Apart from that, he has normal training and wheels for ten to twenty hours a day. Speaking about his technique he says, “The technique is called on-court access. See, it will be easy for any person to move his body. But for me I have to maneuver wheelchair on the court. I prefer a manual chair and not happy on a power chair because when you serve, in seconds you have to be ready to receive the ball which can only be possible in a manual chair.”

His career and medals are as follows:

:Winner – Sydney International Wheelchair Tennis Championship – 2007
Winner – Singles – Florida open – 2004
Winner – Doubles – Florida open – 2004
Runner-up – Sydney International Wheelchair Open Tennis – 2003
Quarter finalist – Australian Open International Wheelchair Tennis – 2003
Winner – Japan Open Wheelchair Tennis Championship – 2001
Winner – Sydney International Wheelchair Tennis Championship – 1999
Runner up – Australian Open – 1999
Semi finalist Singles – US Open – 1998
Semi finalist Doubles – US Open – 1998

Boniface has reached a career best world ranking of 17 in singles and 19 in doubles. He has been the highest ranked player in Asia in 2011, present ranking being no. 2. He is the no. 1 player in India. He has won 11 career titles and has featured in the finals of all the grand slam tournaments.

His awards and honours list is long and fine:

Padma Shri – Government of India – 2014
Prathiba Bhushan
Rising Star of the Millennium Award
Ekalavya Award – Government of Karnataka – 2004
Rajyotsava Award – Government of Karnataka – 2003
Swabhiman Appreciation Award – Daijiworld Weekly – 2011

Boniface Prabhu is the founder of a trust, Boniface Prabhu Wheelchair Tennis Academy, based in Bangalore. The trust aims at promoting physically challenged people discovering and nurturing their talents. The Academy provides free sports training to differently enabled people.

He took to the cause of PWDs with open arms by driving 3,500 km from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. This was first of its kind road expedition by a quadriplegic athlete.

“Just chase your dreams,” is the simple yet profound message of Harry Boniface. So, just go for it.