Though Chandeep Singh Sudan might be only 20-year-old, his determination to rise and shine in life has seen all the odds bow down in front of him. At the young age of 11, Chandeep met with a dreadful accident – he suffered an electric shock of 11,000 volts.
Though he miraculously survived the accident, it came at a cost of losing both his arms. The reality shattered Chandeep, particularly because he was excellent in sports, especially football, athletics and skating.
Narrating the painful time to Student Stories, the boy from Jammu said, “This was a big incident for me and had a huge impact on my mind. I cried a lot when I came to know that I have lost my arms. My family used to tell me that I should not think about what has happened in the past rather I must focus on what I am going to do now with it.”
“They gave me the freedom of doing whatever I wanted to do and supported me in everything. My friends supported me which I wasn’t expecting. [They] never made me feel that I [had] lost something.”
Chandeep was determined enough to stand up and fight the situation, and his family and friends gave him pillar-like support to him. The next few years proved to be the most challenging and transformative years for the budding athlete, where his perseverance and hard work changed things around for him and how.
Cut to present, Chandeep is now a national level skater and holds the world record for fastest 100-meters para skating.
It wasn’t easy for Chandeep to learn balancing on skating without his arms but he knew he had to make it happen no matter what.
Eager to achieve more, the aspiring Electrical Engineer took up taekwondo and showed his metal there as well. He won two gold medals for the country in the Kimunyong Cup Taekwondo Championship in South Korea. And before that, he won two gold medals in Asian Taekwondo Championship in Vietnam.
A true hero, Chandeep’s entire journey can inspire generations.