Topyaps Logo

Topyaps Logo Topyaps Logo Topyaps Logo Topyaps Logo

Topyaps menu

Responsive image

Paralympian Gold Medallist Mariyappan Thangavelu Donates Rs.30 Lakh To School

Published on 12 September, 2016 at 6:53 pm By

Mariyappan Thangavelu, the first Indian paralympian to win a Gold medal in high jump at any of the Paralympics in which India has participated, has now shown that he also has a heart of gold.

Thangavelu has donated Rs.30 lakh to his school, Government Higher Secondary School at his village Periyavadagampatti in Salem district of Tamil Nadu.


Advertisement

Thangavelu hails from a poor family. His mother sells vegetables and his family reportedly has to pay off a loan of Rs.3 lakh.

It was here at the school that Thangavelu practiced hard to become what he is today.

The Tamil Nadu native leaped 1.89 meters at the ongoing Rio Paralympic Games 2016 to clinch the Gold beating Sam Grewe of the United States (Silver) and his own compatriot Varun Singh Bhati (Bronze) – each finishing with 1.86 meters.

 

The jump of glory. Rediff

The jump of glory. Rediff

Thangavelu was five when he was hit by a truck driven by a drunk man – an accident which permanently damaged his right leg.



Yet the 21-year-old did not lose hope for a bright future. Hailing from the small village of Periyavadagampatti, Thangavelu continued his education and his high jump practice at the school.

That practice paid off in Brazil.


Advertisement

 

The jump of glory. Rediff

The jump of glory. Rediff

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa announced a reward of Rs.2 crore for the spirited athlete. There was another reward of Rs.75 lakh, already announced by the Centre for each Gold medal winner.


Advertisement

He will soon be sitting for his BBA final exams at the AVS College of Arts and Science at Ramalingapuram.

Advertisement

Latest Stories

Superstar Rajinikath’s Super Cop Movie Darbar Leaked Online by Tamirockers

Superstar Rajinikath’s Super Cop Movie Darbar Leaked Online by Tamirockers


Akshay Kumar’s Latest Movie Good Newwz Leaked By Tamilrockers After Its Release

Akshay Kumar’s Latest Movie Good Newwz Leaked By Tamilrockers After Its Release


Salman Khan Starrer ‘Dabangg 3’ Leaked Online By Tamilrockers

Salman Khan Starrer ‘Dabangg 3’ Leaked Online By Tamilrockers


Bollywood Reacts on Twitter on Anti CAA Protests Across Nation

Bollywood Reacts on Twitter on Anti CAA Protests Across Nation


Jumanji: The Next Level Movie Leaked Online By Tamilrockers

Jumanji: The Next Level Movie Leaked Online By Tamilrockers


Advertisement

Most Searched

More From News

Popular on The Web