- Author : Madhavi Latha
- Publisher : SAGE Publications
- Language : English
- Paperback : 356 pages
- ISBN-13 : 9789391370527
About the Book
Swimming Against the Tide is an inspirational story about an ordinary woman with extraordinary grit who set out to create a fair and inclusive world for the persons with disability.
When she was seven months old, a massive polio attack left Madhavi paralyzed below the shoulder. But her parents refused to leave her to her fate. With their most powerful wealth―patience and love―they gave Madhavi the wings to set out and conquer the world on her own terms.
Triumphing over a near-death situation with hydrotherapy, she eventually became a national champion in para swimming. She then started a movement called ‘Yes, We Too Can!!!’ and co-opted other athletes with disabilities to realize their dreams through access to sports.
Banker, public speaker and National Para Swimming Champion with 30 medals for swimming at the state and national level, co-founder of the Paralympic Swimming Association of Tamil Nadu, the Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India and more, behind this stellar list of accolades is the story of a young girl from a sleepy little village who dared to dream and challenged her circumstances, determined to surge through ‘disability’, emerging a winner and becoming an inspiration to many.
About the Author
She is a TEDx speaker. She is also a toastmaster and worked as President for the Toastmasters Club in her organization. She led 15-member team of Indian Wheelchair Basketball administrators and coaches to USA on a Sports Visitor Program.
Madhavi Latha has spoken at various prestigious platforms like the LBSNAA, Mussoorie, Indian Red Cross Society, National Association for the Blind, Times of India Global Sports Business Show 2017, IIT Madras, IIM, Indore, Tedx events and several corporate events. She has served as a panelist for events organized by the British Deputy High Commission, Madras Chamber of Commerce Women′s Day celebrations, India CSR Summit, Australian Consul General for South India, Disability Inclusive Roundtable etc. Her efforts and achievements have been covered widely by the print and electronic media.
She was also part of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna awards selection committee in 2017.