Rajni Jha is an incredible para-athlete who, despite being afflicted by polio, hasn’t let it stop her from winning laurels. Hailing from Gwalior, this inspiring young woman set her focus straight ahead, and has been making strides in para-swimming events, both nationally and internationally.
The NGO GoSports soon spotted her talent and took her under its wing, sponsoring her through fundraising initiatives, such as her campaign on Ketto, so she could access the training and facilities she required.
Among her laurels is the Ekalavya award – the most prestigious sporting award for athletes at the state level – conferred on her in 2007 by the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. Rajni hasn’t looked back since, and has continued to win several medals nationally. In 2009, she won 4 Golds and 1 Bronze at the IWAS World Games in Bangalore. In 2012, she won 3 Golds and 1 Bronze at the National Para-Swimming Championships in Chennai. And in 2013, she won 2 Golds, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze at the same event held in Bangalore.
She’s gradually preparing to compete – and win – at the Rio Olympics to be held in 2016! You can cheer her on sooner, though! She’s also aiming to compete at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Korea this October. Ra ra Rajni Jha!