According to Sister Neelam, Prabha’s teacher, these opportunities for sports participation made Prabha more active and confident. At camps and competitions, she interacts with other athletes, improves her technique and prepares for new challenges.
The change is already evident. Prabha triumphed in the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, winning two Gold Medals and one Bronze in individual and team events.
These accumulative experiences transformed Prabha from a shy, introverted child into a happy, social young person. She now sees herself as someone who can contribute to her community, through coaching other athletes, to bring sporting glory for herself, family, school and country.
Her mother too is thrilled with Prabha’s achievements. “People see me now as the mother as an achiever, not a disabled child. Prabha has brought glory not just to the village but to the country.”