Sarmad Tariq is a life coach, motivational speaker and a writer with the aim to highlight the importance of human potential. He helps others realize the positive significance of limitations at organizational and personal level.
He holds an MBA from American International University, Islamabad, where he majored in marketing and human resource management. He brings with him diverse working experience of more than ten years. While working for LMK Resources (A Landmark Graphics Affiliated Company) as team leader human resource department. He looked after recruitment and selection and contributed his thoughts to HR policy related matters. He is a certified support group facilitator from “Cheryl Watkins Institute of Chemical Awareness, USA. And co-author of Navitus’s first published e-book titled A to Z of success. He currently contributes content to Personality Quotient, Blue Chip Magazine on his personal blog and also do research work with Odho Productions.
As a speaker/trainer he has worked with organizations such as Novartis, Merck, Procter & Gamble, Telenor, Standard Chartered Bank, Unilever, Pakistan Tobacco Company, Lakson Tobacco, Glaxo Smith Kline Pakistan Ltd., Pepsi & Nokia Siemens Network Pakistan.
On March 26, 2004 he drove a distance of 1,847 km nonstop from Khyber to Karachi in his hand controlled car. He covered the distance in 33 hours and made a world record by being the first ever quadriplegic to cover the distance in such short time. The objective of his drive was to raise awareness about the latent potential of physically challenged. He is also the first ever Pakistani wheelchair bound athlete to complete a full marathon distance of 42.192 kilometers in Standard Chartered Lahore Marathon on January 30, 2005. And was the only wheelchair athlete to represent Pakistan and complete the New York City Marathon in November 2005. As an athlete his adventures continue.
Sarmad is a quadriplegic (paralyzed shoulder down), on a wheelchair for the past 18 years. He is married, and lives in Islamabad.
Formed in 2004 Beyond Elastic Limits (BEL) has been actively involved in promoting positive and heroic image of individuals with physical challenges. Its core belief that disability is a frame of mind and physical inabilities are bound take shape of different-ability as long as, a positive attitude fuels our lives with hope & courage.
To raise awareness of human potential and introduction of disability/adaptive sports in Pakistan under this umbrella following activities have taken place:
- Project K2K: A non-stop car drive using hand controls from Bab-e-Khyber till Karachi. Covering a distance 1,847 kilometers in 33 hours, hence making a world record.
Sponsored by ABN-Amro Bank, FFC, Supreme (Unilever Pakistan), TCS courier services & Navitus Pvt. Ltd.
- Lahore Marathon: Standard Chartered Lahore Marathon held on January 29, 2005 was the first ever Association of International Marathons accredited race. I was the first and only wheelchair athlete to compete and complete the full 42 kilometer race.
Sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank
- NYC Marathon: On November 06, 2005 I was the first ever wheelchair bound athlete to represent Pakistan at New York City Marathon and returned home with a finisher’s medal.
Sponsored by BHP Billiton Pakistan, AMAL Human Development Network, Navitus Pvt. Ltd. http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2006/04/29/2003305221
Current project titled “Road to Inspiration” is underway and will involve me handcycling in major cities of Pakistan to introduce the sport of handcycling that has recently been added to Paralympics as an official sport.
So far this effort is sponsored by Nokia Siemens Network Pakistan, Dalda Foods, Thal Group and GlaxoSmithKline. For updates keep visiting.
Road to Inspiration
As far as I can remember, I had a passion for sports and by the age of 13 I was training to enter competitive sports and debating whether I will go for professional boxing or swimming. My accident at the age of 15 came as a blow to these aspirations as I became shoulder down paralyzed. The grueling and painful medical procedures and getting used the my new body took time. And once I got used to the new body, I found myself drawn towards sports. I knew I could not do much with the complicated disability but that did not dampen my spirits and I went on to test myself by doing:
But cannot stop here, and despite the growing physical complications that come with age, I am out to try something new and something physical. It may be far less than what I achieved in the past, but is something I believe in & want to give it shot.
This is a symbolic journey and a personal struggle that I need to undertake, as I further adapt to the new me, with some more complications :). However, through this very personal bench mark that I have created for myself, I hope to aspire all those who are struggling emotionally, physically, financially or socially, to keep trying and not loosing faith in what they still have and can still do.