“Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you are needed by someone.”- Martina Navratilova.
Boniface Prabhu was born to a normal middle-class family in Bangalore. He was normal like the other two siblings Jerry and George. But at the age of 4, his life took a massive turn. A blotched lumbar puncture went wrong which made him a quadriplegic for the rest of his life. But his parents never made him feel that he is a quadriplegic and brought him up just like a normal child. He completed his 10th grade and took up Diploma in Computers.
From the early age, he used to play many kinds of sports like Football, Cricket, and Hockey etc. But the event that changed his life completely was the time when he led his institution’s tennis ball cricket team. He was invited to play in Samaj’s Tournament. He won this tournament and his instructor advised Boniface to start playing in Paralympics Sports.
“I choose not to place ‘DIS’ in my Ability.”- Robert M.Hensel.
Boniface started off his sports journey with Javelin and then shot put, carom and discuss throw. In Dharwad region, Karnataka was the nationals going on. He borrowed a wheelchair from the friends who came from other parts of the world. This was the first time when he sat in a wheelchair. Boniface won Bronze in 6 kilos shot put and a Gold in Carrom.
After Winning many tournaments he was finally selected for the world games. He was the pioneer of Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After participating in the World Wheelchair Athletic games he started off with tennis as his career. Tennis made him won 11 titles and he was the finalist in all of the top Tennis games all around the world. Boniface always believed in chasing the dreams.
“Those who wish to sing always finds a song.”- Swedish Proverb.
Everyone has a dream but few have the courage to make it come true. It is also right that it takes a lot of determination, dedication, perseverance, and effort to make your dream a success. Do not put a limit on your dreams because the more you dream the more you succeed if you work hard to get it. Always remember that the only disability in anyone’s life is the negative approach and negative attitude towards the life and the hurdles that come in between you and your dreams.
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