New Delhi, Mar 4 : Padma Shri Deepa Malik graced the sports event 'Shri Khel and Shri Explorer' organised by Shriram Millennium School, Gurugram and urged the parents to motivate their children to participate in sports. The annual sports day on Tuesday was guided by the spirit of healthy competition and sportsmanship wherein the purpose was not to compete with one another, but to be the best version of oneself.
The Special guest for the day, famed Indian athlete, Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awardee, Deepa Malik who herself is a true example of sheer grit and determination, motivated the children with her inspirational story and words of encouragement. 'Celebrating the fact that your body can be crippled but not your mind, we should encourage everyone, to nurture athletic skills in our students, irrespective of any challenges.
The oath taken by students here teaches them how to deal with victory as well as defeat and keep moving ahead,' Malik said while addressing the gathering. 'I really admire the The Shriram Millennium School as it carries on the legacy of Indian Sanskriti of Namaste and teaches their students the right values, ' she added. The 2016 Paralympics silver medallist also mentioned that students should participate in more sports activities in order to stay mentally and physically fit.
The proceedings were flagged off with a perfectly coordinated march past headed by the House Captains, followed by the welcome address and oath taking ceremony. Ms Anuradha Gupta, Principal of the school said, 'We learn from Padma Shri Dr Deepa Malik that grit and determination is required to persevere in life and achieve success. We as a school believe in inculcating this spirit in our children right from the start. Believing in oneself and determination is the key to success.' During the event, the children beautifully showcased the essence of teamwork and group dynamics in the Flower drill, Bamboo drill and Karate drill.
A separate arena was also arranged for the Shri Explorer segment where the children and parents tried their hand at adventure sports like Burma Bridge, Roller Zone, Tarzan Swing, Obstacles and climbing wall. (UNI)