He could not see his teammates celebrate his brilliant show in the ongoing Junior National Weightlifting Championship in Guwahati on Sunday. Parapati Ramesh, 17, stunned everyone with his remarkable performance in the 50-kg category to become the first-ever visually-challenged weightlifter from the State to win a medal in an open national.
“I am delighted and am already thinking of winning a gold next time,” Ramesh said from Guwahati. A student of a visually-impaired school in Vizianagaram, he says all credit goes to his coaches, Achanta Ravi Kumar and Challa Ramu, the latter being polio-afflicted.
“I never felt any discomfort despite being visually-challenged. I am fortunate to have people around who always helped me a lot,” says a delighted Ramesh. How does he follow all news related to the sport? “I am thankful to Badeti Venkatramaiah sir (secretary of A.P. Weightlifting Association) for giving me this huge opportunity of taking part in the nationals. I owe him a lot,” he says.
He has been winning gold in State meets in the 50-kg category for three years now, and hence, the winning feeling is not new to him.
A native of Pondur mandal in Srikakulam district and a huge admirer of Sydney Olympics bronze medallist Karnam Malleswari, Ramesh dreams big now.
“I can think of bigger goals now after this silver. All I look forward is better financial support,” says Ramesh .
Ramesh is the first visually-challenged weightlifter from the State to win a medal in an open national