A fighter and warrior in all situation “Geeta Chauhan”
Geeta Chauhan, an International wheelchair basketball player and a budding National-level Tennis player who has represented India in many games. Geeta belonged to a middle-class family in Mumbai. She struggled and overcame many obstacles to become what she is today.
The struggling phase
The struggle started at the age of six when polio took her into its grip. She started feeling that nothing is permanent. Due to her disability, she was denied admission in private schools and forced to go to a municipal school. She never got a chance to enjoy herself while playing with kids or sharing food during recess but her strong determination helped her to complete her studies. Though completing graduation was a tough task because her father was not ready to support her financially to complete her graduation, but constant support from her mother helped her to become a graduate student. In college, she found her love of life ‘Sujit’. She found a job after getting rejected from 28 interviews and when things seemed better in her life, an unfortunate accident took Sujit away from her.
How basketball became a part of her life?
A self-independent woman who overcame all the difficulties in her life but what shattered her was the loss of her lover. After five years of depression, through an online acquaintance, she discovered wheelchair basketball. To come out of depression and distract herself she started playing wheelchair basketball. Slowly, she liked the game and developed her interest in sports. By putting her best efforts and excellent performance she started playing nationally and internationally to represent India.
Achievements and Participations so far:
· Represented India, The AISA Oceania Championship at Pattya, Thailand. (AOZ,2020 Tokyo Paralympics qualifiers in Nov 2019
· Tournaments with Maharashtra Wheelchair Basketball Team
· Winner- 6th National Wheelchair Basketball (Gold medalist) Championship 2019 at Mohali
· Represented India at the Asian Para Games Qualifying trials at Bangkok, Thailand. March 2018
· Winner - 5th National Wheelchair Basketball Championship 2018 at Tamil Nadu. (Gold medalist)
· A top scorer (12 points) in the final match against Tamil Nadu at the 5th National Wheelchair Basketball Championship 2018.
· Won runners up title in doubles at open National Wheelchair Tennis Championship 2018 held at Chennai.
· Participated at National Wheelchair Tennis Championship Dec. 2018 held at Bangalore.
· 4th Position - 4th National Wheelchair Basketball Championship 2017 at Hyderabad
· Marathon Runner (Valsad marathon 10 KM in the time span of 40 minutes 3 second)
· Tata Mumbai marathon
- Climbing - 42 fit
She believes “Where ever life takes, I will never lose hope and I will keep trying hard to achieve my aim”