Manasa Golden girl Pramila Pinto strikes gold at Special olympics

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By Snehalatha, Udupi
Bellevision Media Network

Udupi, 03 July 2011: We have all read about the athlete Ashwini Shetty,  Kabaddi player Mamata Poojari who have brought laurels to Karnataka state in several sporting events.   Now it’s the turn of Pramila Joyce Pinto, who is a student at Manasa Rehabilitation and Training Centre for Mentally Challenged Children, at Pamboor, Udupi.  In the recently held Special Olympics for specially-abled children at Athens, Greece she has won 1 Gold and 2 Bronze medals and made India and well as Karnataka proud.



Pramila won gold medal in F1 category of 30 meter straight lane Roller Skate event and won bronze medals in F1 and F2 categories of 30 meter slolom Roller Skate race.


Pramila daughter of Robert Pinto and Philomina Pinto basically hails from Bodanthila village of Vamanjoor.  Being a specially-abled child, when she could not get entry into general schools, she was admitted to Manasa in year 1998.  She manifested her interest in various activities and participated actively in sports and cultural events. Presently, she is doing her Vocation Course in Arts and Crafts.  Along with her curriculum activities, she developed much interest in roller skating.  She could display her talent at the National level event held in year 2009 and succeeded in attracting the attention of National selectors.   She participated in the training camps held at Pondicherry in June 2010 and Hyderabad in October and selected for the Special Olympics which were to held from 22nd June till 4th July at Athens, Greece.


By securing 3 medals in all the 3 events she participated, Pramila made her school, Principal and teachers proud.  Mr.Laxminarayana Upadhya who trained her especially for the event, social workers Mr.Nithyanand Olakadu and Jayshree Krishnaraj have expressed happiness over the performance of Pramila Joyce Pinto.


In the 30 meter Roller Skating slolom racing, Dhanya Rao of Mangalore bagged the silver while in F1 category of straight racing Dhanya Rao won gold medal.  Uzma Bagum won silver medal in the same event.  Likewise in F2 category, Ashka Patel won the gold while in F3 category also Gold and bronze were secured by Indian athletes.  Indian players also won gold in men’s 4x100 meter relay as well as gold and silver in 30 meter straight race and also gold in M3 category.


In athletic events,  other Indian players were also successful in getting many medals.  In Shot put Anita Rego secured bronze while Michael Rocky won bronze in 400 meter race.


These achievements by young children are not a small feat because they had to compete with American, British, Chinese athletes who are generally regarded as having best players in any sport event.  By winning medals in such a fiercely fought sports event, Pramila and others have shown their talent and proved that given the right training and facility, Indian players can also achieve success.  Now it’s the turn of society to recognize their talent and particularly the Government should come forward.  When Ashwini Shetty, Mamata Poojary won the gold medals several organizations had felicitated them,  also Government has given away cash rewards as well has other facilities.  Pramila and other achievers of Special Olympiad also deserve such recognition and support. 


Will the Government and social organizations come forward this time?



Comments on this Article
Remous DSouza, Padubelle Sat, July-16-2011, 5:30

Congrats Joyce and trainer of this kid and Remedia and all admin staff.

Jyothi Alva, Padubelle Mon, July-11-2011, 12:49

Congratulations Pramila,may god bless you and all the best.

Shankar, Subhasnagar Thu, July-7-2011, 3:46
Congragulations Pramila Pinto, May God bless you,keep it up.
Congragulations to the golden girl Pramila Pinto,May God bless you,keep it up. congrats to the Parents, MANASA all concerned.
Mark Fernandes, Kattingere/Pune Mon, July-4-2011, 3:40
Congratulations Joyce, This is the result of your hard work. Congrats to your coach too. Keep it up.
Akil Vijay DSouza, Moodubelle/Bangalore Mon, July-4-2011, 3:01
Congratulations!!! to the Golden Girl Pramila Joyce Pinto... God Bless you... May you acheive greater heights in future...
Ashwini, Thirlapalke Mon, July-4-2011, 1:29

Congrats Pramila. May god bless you.

wilfrred castelino, mooudebelle/sharjah Sun, July-3-2011, 2:03
Congradulations Pramilla, Congradulations to Manasa,the training teachers and her parents. Proud for Indians and Mangalorians Keep it up all the best for future great.
Benedict Noronha, Udupi- Pambur Sun, July-3-2011, 8:09
congratulations to you pramila Joyce Pinto. Weldone. Keep it up. it is a great credit for the Manasa Institution! Congratulations to Parents of pramila and all concerned.
Ronald Sabi, Moodubelle Sun, July-3-2011, 3:56
Congratulations to the Golden Girl Pramila and the Admin team of Manasa.
Francis Noronha, Mumbai Sun, July-3-2011, 3:21
Congratulations Pramila Joyce and her proud parents. We need to encourage the special children and help them to learn as much as they can.
Alfred Vincent Monis, Bantakal/Kingdom of Bahrain Sun, July-3-2011, 2:47
Congratulations Pramila, You made your parents,Manasa and the founders (Late Mr.B. Monis,Mr. Denis D Silva and Mr. Augustine Gomes) of Manasa proud. Best of luck in the future. Special thanks to the trainers who trained the specially talented children.
Victor Castelino, Boliye/Dubai Sun, July-3-2011, 1:20
This news should be given extensive coverage in the national media so that these athletes are given due recognition and rewarded accordingly by the government and private organisations. Congratulations to all the athletes who took part in the events. Special appreciation for the efforts put in by Pramila Pinto and her trainers. Hemphil, Belle - nice comments; keep it up.
Hemphil, Belle Sun, July-3-2011, 12:21
Congrats Joyce! Congrats Manasa!! Congrats Pamboorians!!! Jai Ho !
Wilson Sequeira, Pamboor Sat, July-2-2011, 4:35

Congrats Joyce, Congrats Manasa, Congrats Pamboorians,Congrats Remedia.

Philip Mudartha, Qatar Sat, July-2-2011, 4:14
Congrats Joyce! Congrats Manasa!! Congrats Pamboorians!!!
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