Boldness that inspires Bravery in every women of the country.
Deepa Malik the women of boldness, where we talk about battling all odds and emerging a winner. Being an Indian athlete she is the first Indian woman to win a medal in Paralympic Games. She proved that no matter how strong the opposition, sheer courage and will power can make one a true winner. And with that attitude, she recently scripted history by winning the silver medal in the women’s shot put F53 event at the Rio Paralympics, with a personal best throw of 4.61m! This win at the Rio makes her India’s first woman and oldest athlete to ever win a medal at the Paralympics. Deepa is also the President’s role model and NITI Aayog award for women transforming India.
Journey till now…
Though suffering from a spinal tumor in 1999, which required three surgeries and 183 stitches between her shoulder blades and left her paralysed from the waist down, she did not stop from chasing and achieving her dreams. A recipient of the Arjuna Award in 2012 for her achievements as a swimmer, where she swum across the yamuna river against the current, also she covered a distance of over 3,000 Kms from chennai to delhi on a customised motorbike and scaled nine high altitude motorable passes in Ladakh in nine days.
Not only this she is associated with Himalayan Motorsports Association (H.M.A.), Federation of Motor Sports Club of India (F.M.S.C.I.). She has undertaken an 8-day, 1700-km drive in sub-zero temperatures which included a climb to 18000 feet. It was – Raid De Himalaya. This journey covers many difficult paths including remote Himalayas, Leh, Shimla and Jammu
Winning over Well-being!
Although being diagnosed with a spinal tumour, she was left paralysed from chest down during a procedure to remove the same. Instead of letting it come in her way for making a mark for herself, the unfortunate event only contributed to spurring her on to do something that beats the prejudices the society holds for women or the specially-abled. She took to sports at the age of 36, a point where most accomplished athletes seek retirement from their respective disciplines and went on to set the benchmark across various sports in the paraplegic arena. She was awarded the Arjuna award, the highest honour for a sportsperson in the country in 2012 for her achievements. From braving three surgeries over the past 15 years to being the first paraplegic Indian woman biker, swimmer, rally driver, entrepreneur and a motivational speaker; this all-rounder has proved her to be a winner in every right.
We give a bold salute to such talents and are proud to have such a person in our country.
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