Being a little different


Mitch Braithwaite

Soumil Sharma wants people to see past his disability.

One of life’s challenges is being able to deal with adversity and to find solutions when things don’t turn out as we had hoped or planned.

If you’re looking for the embodiment of that challenge, meet Soumil Sharma.

He was born with pseudoachondroplasia, a form of dwarfism that affects one-in-100-thousand people.

While the condition has side effects – Soumil stands at four-foot-three-inches – it has no impact on his intellectual capability.

The 20-year-old is studying optometry and is also a competitive mountain bike rider who races against able-bodied athletes.

Soumil told reporter Mitch Braithwaite, he will not let his disability get in the way of a fulfilling life.