Deepa Malik

Deepa Malik

When we talk about battling all odds and emerging a winner, Deepa Malik stands as a living testament. 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.

Having been 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.

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