A true champion

Preethi Srinivasan was the captain of the under-19 Tamil Nadu women’s cricket team. She was a champ swimmer. she had everything going for her but things took an unfortunate turn when she met with an accident at the age of 18. 

            Preethi born nine years after her parents marriage. She is very happy with her life. She was very clever and active. At four years of her age she inspired by the world cup won by Indian cricket team. She was so fascinated by the game. She was the youngest member of the Tamil Nadu State Women’s Cricket Team and started representing the state at just eight years of age and captained the state cricket team to  won in the under-19 national championships in 1997.

               She was also a National level swimmer. In 1998 when she was just 18, while returning from a college trip from Pondicherry to her hometown Chennai, they stopped at a private beach. Suddenly a wave churned up the sand under her feet and she tripped. Her face went under water, she felt a shock like sensation travel through her body. No blood, no pain. Just a split second of misfortune. She was rushed to a hospital but doctors refused her treatment because it was an accident case. Placed a spondylitis brace on her neck, asked her friends to ensure that she remained awake and sent her to Chennai. When she reached Chennai four hours later, the doctor found it to be a severe case of paralysis, caused by a cervical level spinal cord injury. She could not move any more.

               A bowler, a bats woman, a swimming champion physically confined to a wheelchair. But she did not let this pull her spirit down. She started designing posters. Wrote web content for a few years. Later she decided to help out others with a similar or worse plight. She started soulfree. Soulfree is a Tamil Nadu based public charitable trust that has been established to help severely disables live a life of dignity and purpose. She has started to provide hope to women with severe disabilities and assists them in fulfilling their highest human potential by providing a basic quality of life. Preethi is a professional speaker also. She travels to schools and colleges to inspire everyone with her awakening speeches.

               Overcoming odds with a profound inspiration, today she is a spirited and an exemplary fighter for the cause of rehabilitating those who suffering fatal spinal cord injuries and differently abled women. She is listed among top sixteen famous Indians with disability for 2014. And won awards from Femina and rotary. And she also won Dhruva award for excellence in social work, Vijay tv’s Ray of hope award, Envisage ability award and woman achiever of the year award for 2014.

               The accident changed Preethi’s life completely. But she soon turned her disability into inability. She strongly believes that she has been chosen to spread love and light in the world. She wants to change the meaning of her own life and others too. Hats off Preethi!

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