Wilma Marghareta Sinaga was so enthusiastic about participating in the Indonesian National Paralympic Committee (NPC) national training (Pelatnas) at the Kusuma Sahid Prince Hotel, Saturday (9/9/2023) / Photo: MPI
SOLO – Wilma Marghareta Sinaga was so enthusiastic about participating in the Indonesian national training (Pelatnas) for the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) at the Kusuma Sahid Prince Hotel, Saturday (9/9/2023). His persistence is not without reason, because he wants to win the gold medal at the Asian Para Games Hangzhou, China, October 2023.
Marghareta is a blind catus athlete who is known to be the mainstay of the Indonesian contingent to gain gold at the 2023 Asian Para Games. At least, there have been 15 medals collected during her career in the world of national and international arenas.
Her name became known when she entered the national chess tournament in 2008. Marghareta then managed to win a gold medal when Indonesia hosted the 2011 Asian Para Games in standard and fast chess.
Until now, a total of 15 gold medals have been donated by the woman from Manik Saribu, Simalungun, Dolok Partneran, Pematang Siantar, Medan, North Sumatra (North Sumatra). Marghareta explained that achieving success is not easy.
The third of five siblings had to go through ups and downs to maintain his consistency in the world of chess. Born blind, Margaretha’s life at Manik Saribu was far from decent.
Marghareta was only raised by her mother, who worked as an honorary teacher. Meanwhile, her father left her because he could not accept the fate that Margaretha and her two younger siblings were born blind.
His involvement in chess began when he attended Kindergarten for the Blind Foundation under the auspices of the Church in Germany which is near his house in 1996. “At first it was still kindergarten. We were given formal and extracurricular education there. So there are lots of arts sports,” he said while remembering.
Marghareta admitted that she had tried a number of extracurricular activities such as choirs and javelin throwing, but she felt that there had never been any progress. In the end, Margaretha chose chess and felt comfortable there.