Deepa Malik, on Monday, created history as she went on to become the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics. The 45-year-old athlete bagged a silver in the T-53 shot put event, where her best throw of 4.61 its proved to be enough for the medal. Malik is also the first Indian woman to represent India at the Paralympics. Deepa is an accomplished swimmer, biker and entrepreneur. She has ger name recorded in the Limca Book of Record four times. Deepa is also a recipient of the Arjuna Award in 2012, for her contribution to swimming.
She has swum across the Yamuna against the current. Deepa had earlier covered a distance of 3,000 km on a motorbike from Chennai to Delhi and 9 high altitude passes in Ladakh in a period of just 9 days. Deepa also has 54 gold medals at the National level to her credit, while having 13 medals at the International level in various sports such as swimming, javelin throw and shot put. She has also the represented the women’s cricket team of Rajasthan in the past. Deepa began her career at 36 years of age as an adventure sportsperson.
She is the only person to get a license for official rallies from the Federation of Motor Sports Club of India and has participated in the “Raid de Himalaya” in 2009 and the “Desert Storm” in 2010. Deepa suffered from a spinal tumour in 1999, which required 3 surgeries and 183 stitches, paralysing her from the waist down and confining her to a wheelchair. Deepa belongs to Bhaiswal district of Haryana and was an adrenaline junkie since childhood. She had also confessed in the past to agreeing to marry at the age of 20 just for a Kawasaki Bajaj 100cc.