Para-swimmer Satyendra Singh brings glory to the nation after becoming the first para-swimmer to cross the English Channel. The Madhya Pradesh-born also became the first Asian to achieve this feat. He covered the 34 km-long distance in 12 hours, 26 minutes. He was in the company of three others, namely Chetan Raut (Maharashtra), Rimo Saha (Bengal) and Jagdish Chandra (Rajasthan). This is not the first time he has done a marathon. He shot to fame when he swam 36 km in the Arabian Sea.
Satyendra has also received Madhya Pradesh’s highest honor the Vikram Award in 2014. He had won 16 medals in para-swimming competitions across the state.
Satyendra was only two months old when he got affected by pneumonia. Also, it was the doctor’s negligence which saw him lose the lower portion of his body. But that did not bog him down as he had the courage and the belief to make do with whatever he had.
His financial status is not as good as his father is a farmer, who sold his land to get his son appropriate treatment.
He is currently working as the post of LDC in the Cell Tax Department.
Singh also has a dream of doing well at the Asian Para Games in Jakarta in 2018 and Tokyo Paralympics Games in 2020.