India’s first woman to win a medal in paralympics – Deepa Malik’s journey from wheelchair to the podium
She is a mother of two and wife of an Army officer; a paraplegic, meaning paralyzed from waist down, yet created history by becoming the first ever woman from India to win a medal at the Paralympics. She is none other than Deepa Malik, silver medal winner in the shot put F-53 event at Rio Paralympics.
Life took a U-turn for Deepa 17 years ago, when a spinal tumour left her incapable to walk. Deepa was healed after 31 surgeries with 183 stitches between her waist and legs.
Apart from shot put, Deepa has participated in the javelin throw and swimming too. She won several medals in swimming in international competitions. She holds the Asian record in javelin throw, and also has World Championships silver medals in shot put and discus in 2011.
Apart from sports, Deepa Malik is also a motivational speaker. She is the recipient of Arjuna Award in 2012. Journey so far was never easy for Deepa Malik, but the fighting spirit in her lead her to this stage; lead her to bring laurels to the country and make everyone proud.