Ont. mom designs helmet for Sikh kids, giving them more safety and freedom

Leave it to a mom to get it done.

A Sikh woman from Ontario wanted her three sons to know the joys of bike riding with abandon, but there was a pretty big obstacle standing in her way: She couldn’t find a helmet that would accommodate their turbans.

Young Sikh boys wear a patka — a turban fashioned over their hair’s topknot — but a quick glimpse at any helmet design currently on the market makes it clear that most, if all, available helmets aren’t going to fit safely over a turban or hair bun.

So, Tina Singh came up with her own design.

Story continues below advertisement

In the past, the Brampton, Ont., occupational therapist had resorted to hollowing out the inside of a helmet for her eldest son, Jora, to fit his turban. But, eventually, the 10-year-old wanted to get into jumping off ramps and she knew she needed something more safe.

So, a few years ago, she found a designer to help her conceptualize a proper helmet for her adventure-loving boys.

“I was put in the position of being an occupational therapist who works in the area of acquired brain injury but not having a helmet that fit my boys properly,” she told Global News.

Read more:

The votes are in, and the ‘Brownies’ officially have a new name

Read next:

‘Shock, sadness, anger’: Another N.S. woman dies after 7-hour ER wait, family says

It took a few tries to get it right, says Singh, but with her job experience, she knew she had to get the design as safe and comfortable as possible.

Singh says she’s received a huge response from other relieved Sikh parents who now have a safer option for their kids.

“They don’t need mom to change the way that they’ve tied their hair or do anything different for them. They can just put it on and go.”

Story continues below advertisement

Her helmets are approved for kids over the age of five and can be used for biking, skateboarding, kick-scootering or rollerblading. They meet the safety requirements of the Consumer Products Safety Commission as well, and last month the helmet received a passing grade from the international testing company SGS.

Singh’s been sharing her design journey on social media. The Instagram page for @sikhhelmets features pictures of her kids proudly wearing their mom’s design.

Now that her helmets are in production, Singh has her sights set on another she’d like to see designed.

“I would love to make one for hockey,” she said, adding that she’s heard a huge demand for hockey helmets from the Sikh community, as helmets are necessary for participation in youth hockey clubs in Canada.

Story continues below advertisement

Read more:

Declassified treasure map to looted Nazi riches sparks huge hunt

Read next:

Air Canada customer battles airline after AirTag tracks missing bag stuck over 8,000 km away

In 2018, several Canadian provinces enacted special exemptions for adult Sikh men to operate motorcycles without a helmet. In that time, one Canadian company has designed a product called the “Tough Turban” that uses various materials, including non-Newtonian foam that hardens on impact, 3D-printed chainmail and a composite fabric used in bulletproof clothing, to create a turban that can lessen the impact of a motorcycle accident.

Singh says this is the first time in Canadian history that there has been a helmet product designed for Sikh kids.

&copy 2023 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.


Articles You May Like

Are You Paying Attention to the Beauty of this World?
How My Wellness Passion Was Actually Destroying My Health
Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock Expose Their Long Kept Secret
On The Days It Feels Like You’ll Never Move Forward, Just Remember How Far You’ve Come
Womans Childhood Classmate Used to Pack Her Lunch – Years Later, Does Something Incredible to Honor Her

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *