Deepa Dedicates Medal To The Disabled

RIO DE JANERIO: Deepa Malik made history by winning silver medal in the shot put F-53 event at Rio. Deepa, a 45 year old wheelchair bound athlete from Gurgaon, is the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics. Her throw of 4.61m brought her and India a silver medal.

Deepa, while talking to a news agency, said that she wants to use this medal to support disabled women in India. Her journey throughout has been wonderful for her and the entire family. She is proud to win the medal despite being the oldest athlete in the team.

Deepa’s daughter Devika said that her mother was confident of winning a medal and she gave the best performance of her life. After the news came out the daughter said that she had not spoken to her mother after the event, but she had seen her work very hard for the Games. Devika said she is very happy that her athlete mother’s hard work resulted in a medal.

Deepa is the first women to participate at the Paralympics. She is a former Rajasthan State women’s cricketer who loves biking. She was married at 20, as her husband supports her love for bikes. She was paralysed from the waist down after a spinal tumour in 1999, followed by three surgeries and 183 stitches.

Deepa Malik, despite her disabilities, became the first paraplegic women in the world to ride a quad bike across nine high-altitude passes in nine days on Ladakh’s motorable roads. She also participated in a Chennai-Delhi 3,278 km pan-India drive by paraplegic women in 2013. She was awarded the Arjuna Award for her swimming performance in 2012. She created a record when she swam in the Yamuna for a kilometer upstream in 2008. Overall, she holds 17 international medals, 58 national gold medals, one Asian record in javelin throw, and a world championship silver medal in shot put and discus.

Deepa Malik is a proud mother of two and wife of an Army officer. She is a vocal spokesperson for paraplegic rights in the country with her “Ability Beyond Disability” movement.

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