Chandeep Singh is a parathlete in many fields of skating, taekwondo and swimming. An electrical engineer by profession, the 22-year-old’s achievements have been bountiful.
He’s a great sportsman since he was merely a child. He initiated his enthusiastic career with athletics and football. But his life in sports took a turn in 2011, when the then 7th-grader from Jammu, J&K, met with a high tension electric shock of 11,000 volts. And lost both his arms to the mishap. But this did not impoverish his spirit. “I drive my own automatic transmission car,” says the parathlete, ever cheerfully. How, we may wonder. To this, his answer is crisp and concise without an inkling of sappiness. “One foot on the steering and the other on the accelerator.”
Spinning his story 180 degrees, parathlete Chandeep Singh emboldened himself with perseverance and courage. Therefore he kept himself motivated to make his nation proud, fighting all obstacles as they arrived. Above all his intrigued mind wanted to take up new challenges – something fast-paced and riveting. “I have never given others an opportunity to
look at me with sympathy,” says Singh. He wants to be recognized solely for his achievements. He is coached and guided by former Indian track and field sprinter, Milkha Singh who acts as a source of inspiration and support for him.
With a strong desire to win, concentrated attention, Singh began his journey as a parathlete. He was going (literally) against the wind, in skating without the support of his arms. After that, he became the World’s Fastest 100m Para-Skater in both – general and paraplegic categories. With incredible support from his friends and family at every step, the young sportsman continued his journey with a unique zest and zeal. But he had faced a halt when he learned about the absence of skating in the Paralympics.
Persistent, he widened his avenues and began his extraordinary journey in 2017, in the field of Taekwondo, where he became the First Indian to bag a Silver Medal at the World Taekwondo Championship, also becoming a four-time Gold Medalist and winning a Bronze medal.In other words, Singh has never believed in limiting one’s abilities and is always adamant to try out new and challenging things. This has led to him expanding his avenues to a varied range of sports including, excelling in swimming.
An owage to his place of residence, the winter capital of J&K – Jammu, he has experienced added struggles in the field of swimming. Considering the chilly temperatures and small facilities in the region he has faced many issues. Singh began his practices in the cold waters of Jammu swimming pools in 2019, and shutting down during the COVID-19 pandemic, has created many issues in his journey. He has to pause all his physical training and continue only after a break of a year and in March 2021. He outshone himself and bagged a medal at the National Para-Swimming Championship.