A Mumbai based 17-year-old student and sports enthusiast Saachi Munot has launched a web portal exclusively dedicated to para-sportspersons. The web platform will create awareness about para-sports, para athletes and provide them a platform to to narrate their stories of triumph and challenges.
thenationspride.com, country’s first portal dedicated to para-sports, was launched in Mumbai.
The non-profit initiative will publish inspiring stories of Indian para-sportspersons, who have consistently delivered stellar performances on domestic and global arenas alike, but whose stories have largely gone untold or unheard. The portal, through its regular updates and incisive analysis, aims to evolve into the point of first reference for all para-sports related news and information. It will also serve as a bridge between India’s vibrant and accomplished para sporting community and the society at large.
The portal features interviews with para-sportspersons, news and articles on para-sports, and information on upcoming para sporting events. The content is topical and offers holistic insight into the lives and accomplishments of Indian para-sportspersons and the broader evolving para-sports landscape in the country.
At the launch, Saachi said “With this initiative, I hope for para-sports to get better represented in the sports fabric of our society. The inspiring stories of para-sportspersons on our portal will go a long way in not only celebrating their achievements, and drawing inspiration from them, but also in sensitizing society to their needs and removing taboos and misconceptions about disability.
“As a non-profit, I am relying on voluntary contribution by way of original content to make this portal sustainable and up with the times. I am hoping to motivate others to join this movement with me, and I am deeply thankful to those para-sportspersons, volunteers, sponsors and well-wishers who have agreed to spare their time and effort in this important initiative.”
The website design is the result of a mobile-first approach that allows thenationspride.com to deliver a consistent experience for sports fans across computers, tablets or handsets. The website was made pro-bono by Ideate Labs, Mumbai.
Saachi is Class XII student and sports enthusiast based in Mumbai. She has been working with differently abled citizens for the past 2-3 years. As a sportsperson herself, she has been naturally drawn to their sporting accomplishments. Fascinated by their accomplishments, but disappointed that they haven’t got the community mind share due to them, she has started thenationspride.com
Through this, she is hoping to promote the cause of para-sports in India and celebrate the achievements of accomplished para-sportspersons and also provide a platform to all like-minded people to join the cause. “It is a voluntary cause, but let me assure you, it is every bit fulfilling and noble. So, come, join us through your contributions and suggestions,” says Saachi.