Jaswinder Kaur is a 16 year old dalit girl, who is differently abled due to her mental handicap. She represented India in World Special Olympics in Los Angeles, USA from July 25 to August 2, 2015. Her father is a labourer and mother works as a domestic help in the village.
She started running short races when she was in class 3. Her father encouraged her to run. She came 1st in 100 mtr. race in District Special Games in 2012 held by SSA, Fatehgarh Sahib. Since then there has been no looking back for her. She was given special training in the Resource Room, GES Naraingarh.
In 2013 she bagged 1st position in Punjab State Special Olympics. She was selected for National Games in the trials held at Ludhiana in September 2013. She bagged Gold Medal in 100 mtr. race & Shotput in National Athletic Championships held at Delhi in 2014 and was then selected for World Special Olympics.
Jaswinder was provided support by SSA/RMSA Fatehgarh Sahib in obtaining passport under ‘Tatkal’ Service and police clearance certificate. All the expenditure was borne by SSA. She was provided proper diet, track suit & shoes under SSA/RMSA and Sports department.
Jaswinder attended 4 preparatory camps held at Hyderabad, Brailley, Patna and Chennai. Her hard work paid off when she won Silver medal in Shotput and Bronze medal in 800 mtr. Race in World Special Olympics Summer Games in 2015 held at Los Angels, USA.