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India’s Rio Paralympians – Pooja

August 31, 2016

26-year-old Pooja from Rohtak, Haryana, has created history by becoming the first para archer from India to qualify for the 2016 Rio Paralympics archery event.

Eldest of four children, Pooja is the daughter of a bin collector-turned-scrap vendor. She got polio at the age of three that affected her legs.

Due to sheer hard work and determination, Pooja completed her education from a government school and is pursuing her masters degree with the help of scholarship funds.

Pooja was a discus thrower but couldn't see much potential in it and decided to take up archery three years ago.

As she is from a humble background, Pooja says she has received a lot of support from her coach Sanjay Suhag to take up archery as it is an expensive sport. He has given her all the required facilities and training related to the sport.

Pooja won a gold medal in the Senior Para National Archery Championship recently. She has also won at various national and international archery events.

She aims to not give up until she wins a medal for India at the Rio Paralympic Games.

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