A book saleswoman and Records at Para Games
Family – sorrow and happiness to be shared
Tran Nguyen Thai was born and grew up in Dai Tu village, Thanh Tri district,
Winning the fate
Losing one hand is a great disadvantage for a female but Tran Nguyen Thai always tries to overcome all the difficulties with her will and effort. In spite of having a left hand only, Thai can still write beautifully. She also learnt to knit and does it well. In her free time, apart from helping her parents with the housework, Thai often go searching for crabs and nails to improve family meals. At school, she is a friendly and good student. When she was a primary and secondary pupil, Thai always achieved the “Progressive Pupil” Award and her highest achievement was the 2nd Prize in Chemistry Contest of Hanoi City (School year 1983 – 1984).
A book female-seller and Records at
Tran Nguyen Thai did find enjoyment at the Tang Bat Ho swimming pool. During her last years at secondary school, everyday when she was not studying, she sold goods and spent her small income on swimming. one swimming hour everyday is relaxing for her, “All my anger and sorrows go away when I am swimming” she explains. For such passion, she didn’t wait to join the swimming club of disabled people in 1998 but swam since she was in grade 7 at secondary school. Without money to enroll in swimming lessons at Thanh Nien swimming pool (
Unfortunately, Thai suffers from a skin disease forcing her to give up swimming, an activity she has pursued for over 20 years. She was not discouraged by this instead changed to running. Her name was again sounded at ASEAN Para Games 3 as one of the top 4 runners. Thai said, “Before the contest, my right leg was injured which made me worried. However, the encouragement of my coach and the audience gave me more strength to defeat my competitors”. The success at ASEAN Para Games 3 enhanced her strength, belief and aspiration for victory.
After the glorious time of the victory, Tran Nguyen Thai comes back to the daily life which seems to be quiet. Everyday, she continues to sell books in front of a Credit Fund nearby Hanoi Railway Station and does sports training. Monthly, she earns a few hundred thousand dong from selling books and 400,000 to 500,000 subsidy for sports training which is also sufficient for her essential demands. However, Thai hopes to find a stable job so she can afford her life on her own when she stops competing.