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DEEPA MALIK

Blog By: Riya Rathore

Deepa Malik Is born 30 September 1970 She is an Indian athlete. She is the first Indian woman to win a medal in Paralympic Games . she player Shotput, Javelin Throw and Motorcycling. Deepa Malik is the first Indian woman to win a Medal at the Paralympics. She won silver medal in the shot put at 2016 Paralympic Games.She was previously honored with the Arjuna award in 2012, at the age of 42 yrs. My participation in the Himalayan Car Rally 2009 was for two main reasons: firstly, driving has always been my passion and secondly, it was part of the activities of my mission, Ability beyond Disability. The one thing that surprised me was the fact that, in spite of so much growth in mechanical technology, driving possibilities for disabled people in our country are still very limited. Modifying vehicles to suit disabled persons driving is little known or . accepted. Getting a driving license and customizing a vehicle of choice is a very lengthy process. Besides she was shocked to learn that till now, the world of motor sports was not open for physically disabled people. There is definitely a lot of change but a lot has to be done still. The media and Internet have brought in a lot of awareness. One thing, which I have learnt, is people look at you the way you look at your self. The day I gained confidence in myself, I realized the society also became ready to accept me. Once your surroundings know that you are not going to be taken for granted, they don’t . Raised in an army family and married to an army officer, she is used to braving difficulties that most of us can’t even think of facing.

The mother of two was diagnosed with the tumour in while her husband was fighting in the Kargil war and her daughter was unwell.It was, of course, a very difficult period for the family. While her husband went on to win the war for India, she won her own battle as well. he was left paralysed from the waist down and the doctors told her that she would never walk again. What the doctors didn’t know is that Deepa Malik wasn’t any ordinary woman. Giving up was not her style. She decided to become a swimmer, a biker, an athlete & an adventure junkie. And all this at the age of 36 . At aged 45, she is one of India’s 19 Paralympians at Rio 2016.

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