"My daddy is my superman and is my boyfriend…" exults little divanshi.
Yes, her papa's story is the stuff the legends are made of. Life took a 360 degree turn when he lost a leg. But, he can now move his leg 360 degrees, a feat none of us mortals can ever hope to do.
That's Aditya Mehta, the famed para-cyclist of Hyderabad. And how does he accomplish this anatomical impossibility of moving his leg 360 degrees? He can very well do, because it's a prosthetic leg.
Not many people rise or ride like Aditya. He peddles long distances to break record after record, with his prosthetic leg.
He's won several awards that include double silver for India at Hero Para Asian cycling championship, traveled over 33,000 kms with an artificial limb and been featured twice in Limca books of record (2013 – for fastest 100 kms with an artificial limb and in 2014 for riding from London to Paris).
Due to an unfortunate accident Aditya Metha had to amputate his leg from the knee above. He lost a leg, but not his hope. Aditya’s discovered a new passion in cycling and got a new lease on life.
His recent adventure includes bike ride from Manali to Khardunga LA and riding with model-actor Milind Soman.
So how does Aditya Metha train for these rough terrain and challenges? It is with rigorous training and strict diet to achieve more in life. He starts his day at 4:30 am in the morning followed by training with his trainer, then cool off with an ice bath to heal his muscles. His diet includes green tea, loads of protein (almonds which he get’s from Srinagar).
Aditya Mehta is not just his daughter’s hero but also for number of people out there, AMF (Aditya Metha Foundation) is the brainchild of Aditya, It supports the differently-abled in pursuing sports. His recent contribution has been prosthetic limbs worth over Rs 4 lakhs to needy people in the sports community. His foundation is striving to promote and aid the para-athletes pursue their dreams.
"My daughter once had a bet with her friend on “whose father can rotate his leg 360 degrees.” When Aditya was able to do a complete rotation of his prosthetic leg, the child looked amazed. Her father, who had normal legs couldn't do.
A quick glance at his Facebook & Instagram accounts will fill you with enough motivation to achieve what you want to achieve..
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