Speak of opportunists, and only the ones who shine out of pain come to mind. Add this 24-year-old Sophia M.Joe, a mute and dumb girl from Kochi, to that list. Remember that poem Equipment, by Edgar Guest, that tells us how we’ve got everything in life to succeed, and we just need to use them. Well, if that did not inspire you enough to fold up your sleeves and start working, the story of this handsome and talented girl will. Sophia is today a celebrated model and an athlete. A three-time national champion at shot put and discus throw, she has represented India at numerous international events. She is also a talented painter and jewelry designer.
Sophia hails from Eroor, Cochin. She completed her schooling until seventh grade in an inclusive school. Further, she enrolled at the National Institute of Open Schooling. Today, Sophia has a BA degree in English Literature from St Xavier’s College and is a celebrated model and sportsperson. Her mother Goriatty told India Today, “She has grown up like any other ordinary student. Though we home-schooled her for some years, later we admitted her to an ordinary school in Kerala and trained her ourselves. We are always with her in fulfilling her ambitions and this infused much confidence in her.”
Sophia represented India in the Miss World Deaf and Dumb held in Prague, the Czech Republic in 2014. She was the first runner-up. She also won the first place consecutively in Shot Put and Discus Throw at the state level for eight years and thrice at the national level. She has also acted in a film titled Best Wishes and is trained in dancing. Sophia also became the first woman from Kerala with a hearing disability to receive a driving license, for which she went on to knock on the doors of the Delhi High Court. The talented soul aspires to become a car racer in the times to come.
A lot of times in our lives, we are faced with challenges and circumstances which we think are impossible to overpower and get through. That’s when we have to remember the success stories of people like Sophia who work so much despite being less fortunate than us, and who believed in themselves all along. Sophia’s talents are her words and her achievements.