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Inspirational SOS child going for Gold at Paralympics

Maiya Bisunkhe, who grew up in an SOS Children’s Village in Jorpati, Nepal, will be competing in the Women’s 100m (T46 classification) event at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The 20-year-old, who was born with a deformed right hand from below the elbow, came to live in the SOS Children’s Village Jorpati in 2002, aged 10, following the death of her father. It was here that she developed her passion for running.

Since 2006, Maiya has been participating actively in National level sport, including the 2006 and 2007 National Para Games, where she grabbed gold.

The organising committee chose her as a probable candidate for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics 2008 but she missed out on a wild card pick.

However, the following year, Maiya was selected for the Para Asian Youth Games in 2009 and 2010 before this time being granted a wild card pick to become one of only two Nepalese Paralympic athletes competing at London 2012.

This fantastic achievement may not have been possible without the work of SOS Children, our long-term international charity partner who provide a new family and home for more than 78,000 orphaned and abandoned children worldwide.

The Club continue to fund the Tottenham Hotspur House in Rustenburg, South Africa, while all players sponsor a child from around the world.

Maiya’s heats begin tomorrow (Tuesday, September 4) with the final taking place the following day, and we would like to wish her the best of luck.