A international Olympics which was held in India and in namma Bangaluru, in Kanteerava Stadium for 10 days from 22nd November to 2nd December. 43 countries participated, 657 participants from all over the world for this event. There were 11 events organized for the differently abled people. The events were Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Wheel Chair Fencing, Power Lifting, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Table Tennis,Rugbyand Golf.
Our college gave a golden opportunity to some of the students to volunteer this event under Mr. Amar Singh (Vice President of IWAS). We were almost 25 students from college who volunteered. All of them were given some or the other task, some of them took the responsibility of providing information to the participants in the stadium, some of them worked for the transportation, and the rest were given 5 different hotels and the task to take of the people in the hotels and solving any of there queries.
The programme started on 22nd of November with a torch lighting by the Indian Participants. The torch lighting started at Mekhri circle and carried on till Vidhana Soudha. On the First day, in the evening we had our Karnataka C.MMr. Yedurappa inaugurating the programme and later people and students from different school showcased our Indian culture, beauty and talent through various performance. And last but not the least the programme ended with the singer Miss Vasundara Das performance. It was really rocking where everyone shaked their legs to her songs.
From the next day the game started with athletics, swimming & so on. Each day there was medal giving ceremony for all the winners. It was very inspirational see their performance and their confidence. People without both the legs ran equally or more faster then the normal human being. The game went on till 1st Dec and on the last day there was again a rocking closing ceremony, and on the 2nd of Dec all of them returned back to their country. All the student volunteers from our college had great experience, and few of them have shared their experience with us.
Sheeba – It was a great learning experience for me and learnt how to manage people in critical situation.
Abhishek Mittal – 10 days at IWAS were the most memorable days of my life. I learnt lot of management skills. Great learning from the physically challenged people.
Gaurav Girdhar – it‘s a life time experience for me. Interacting with people from different parts of the world was really unforgetable moment. Learnt lot of management skills practically. Thanks to IWAS for giving me the opportunity.
Neelam – It was great learning experience. I learnt how to manage and face the problem with limited resources.
N.G. Senthil Kumar – Im very happy that i worked for IWAS. I got a chance to learn about the world and people. I got the experience which will help me through out my life.
Alpana – I learnt how to play host to people from different countries by providing them proper amenities.
V. Vaishnavi – Everyday I learnt something different and new. It was a great opportunity of my life and can never forget for a life time. The participants inspired me a lot, I gained lot of inspiration and became more confident
Over all it was a great learning experience for all of us. Tackling people who do not know English and we not knowing their language was a difficult task. But though we faced some difficulties, it was a great learning.
Thanks to IWAS and to our college who gave us the opportunity to volunteer such a big event and definitely hats off to all the player participants.
The volunteers were
Abhishek Mittal, Anupam, Anamika, Alpana, Deepak Yadav, Deena Josephine, Dharmender Kumawat, Diganta Kalita, Gaurav Girdher, Gaurav Jaiswal, Girish, Harshit Khubhet, J. Sheeba, Karthikey Pandey, N.G. Senthil Kumar, Neelam, Nirija, Nishish Shukla, Praveen, Shanawaz Ali, Shilpa S., V. Vaishnavi, Vineet Thakkar, Varchaswin.