Meet a One-Legged Pakistani Skier

Meet a One-Legged Pakistani Skier

Meet a One-Legged Pakistani Skier Insha Afsar, a 14-years-old Pakistani, earthquake survivor and sufferer of October 8, 2005.

Insha lost her left leg in that devastating earthquake of the history of Pakistan. When the earthquake shook the country, Insha, the then seven-years-old, was in her school and its building toppled down completely.

But the courageous girl did not lose her hope and continue to live her life with full zeal and determination.

In a 2006 photo essay published in the TIME, young seven years old Insha Afsar was also photographed in front of her collapsed house, holding sticks to support her-self as she had lost her leg.

Two days after publishing the magazine, a news-desk supervisor of TIME, Eileen Harkin, got a call from the Shriners organization in Los Angeles. It wanted to help the girl (Insha Afsar). With the help of several contacts they find the girl in a camp in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan. TIME news director Howard Chua-Eoan personally paid for her to travel to the United States with her father for treatment. The Shriners arranged for free medical care for her, while the Heal the Children Foundation found a family in Connecticut to put up Insha and her father. She has since been fitted with a special prosthesis, which will have to be adjusted as she grows.

Seven-Years-Old Insha Afsar Photographed In The TIME 2006 Photo Essay
Seven-Years-Old Insha Afsar Photographed In The TIME 2006 Photo Essay

Three years ago Insha was introduced to skiing. After two seasons on the slopes at Okemo Mountain Resort, she was fortunate to have received a grant from Disable Sports USA to attend The Hartford Ski Spectacular racing clinic in Breckenridge, early in December 2013, where she won a silver medal in the race on the last day. Insha has also raced in one NASTAR race at Okemo and gotten a gold medal in her class.

Insha Afsar During Her Skiing race
Insha Afsar During Her Skiing race

Now with only one leg, this week Insha competed in a ski racing competition in the US Paralympic Alpine National Championships and was seen storming down the slalom course at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, New Hampshire.

She now attends Berkshire Academy in Massachusetts and is sponsored by the Loon-based New England Disabled Sports (NEDS). Insha was one of the 40 athletes participating in the competition.

Insha said taht she is again in love her new life in America, which includes a new talent as a ski racer.

She is currently in the eighth grade and applying to New England prep schools for next year where she hopes to ski on a school’s team.

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