Deepa Malik – The first Indian woman to win a medal in Paralympics.
Deepa Malik is an Indian swimmer, biker and athlete. Deepa’s lower limb is paralyzed, despite this she participated in various adventure sports and won many awards. Deepa is the first Indian woman to make India’s name proud by winning the silver medal in the Paralympic Games. She is associated with Himalaya Motorsports Association (H.M.A.) and Federation of Indian Motorsports Clubs (F.M.S.C.I.). In 8 days, Deepa traveled 1700 km in zero temperature, in which she climbed even at 18000 feet altitude, where there was a shortage of oxygen. This journey was completed through many difficult routes including Himalayas, Leh, Shimla and Jammu. It was ‘Raid de Himalaya‘ motosports.
Deepa was born on 30 September 1970 in Bhaiswal village, district Sonipat, Haryana. Her father was a veteran Colonel BK Nagpal. Deepa’s husband is Colonel Vikram Singh, they have two daughters Devika and Ambika.
History of the struggle of Deepa Malik’s life
Deepa is not an ordinary person. Deepa got paralysis below her waist at the age of 30. This terrible disease also did not diminish Deepa’s confidence. Deepa, the wife of an army officer and the mother of two children, has the power to turn every adverse situation into opportunity and success according to her own. A major turning point in her life came in 1999 when she complained of a spinal tumor. This was also the time when the danger of Kargil war was in the country. Deepa’s husband Vikram was also fighting for the country in this war. This time was very difficult for Deepa’s family, where on the one hand Deepa’s husband Vikram was fighting the Kargil war, on the other hand, Deepa was fighting with her tumor disease in the house. But in the end Deepa’s family won both the battles. India won the Karigil War and Deepa’s three spinal tumor surgeries were successful. In this surgery, 183 stitches were placed on Deepa’s shoulder. Deepa came out to be a winner in the midst of all this and she never looked back again.
Deepa runs a restaurant called ‘Dees Place’ in Ahmed Nagar, where her family lives. She is very active in adventure sports. She is associated with the Himalayan Motorsports Association, through which she works as an inspiration for all the able and disabled. Deepa has participated in many adventure sports. She surprised everyone by swimming best in a difficult place in the Yamuna River. She is a special bike rider, as well as she participated in the Paralympic Games and took part in the Shot Pot Game and told everyone that wherever there is a will, there is a way.
Deepa Malik’s Motor Sports
Deepa Malik is the first woman to get a license for an uneven, modified vehicle rally. She is the first disabled woman in the country to be officially given a rally license by the Federation of India Motor Sports Club. She took part in India’s toughest car rally ‘Raid De Himachal‘ 2009 and Desert Storm 2010 and came out as a good driver. It is the intention of Deepa to join the motor rally that he is among the physically challenged people. In order to spread awareness that they too can get government license and they can get freedom and self-sufficiency in their life through driving. Deepa Malik has started work on several rallies to promote this. Deepa is currently being supported by the GoSports Foundation through the Para Champions program.
Some interesting information related to Deepa Malik
- She was born in a Hindu Jat family in Sonepat district of Haryana.
- In the year 1999, she came to know that she had a spinal tumor and because of which she could not walk, she underwent 31 surgeries to correct a spinal tumor.
- She do not feel any part below her waist.
- She holds an Asian record in the javelin throw game.
- And She has participated in various adventure sports and received awards in all of them.
- Deepa is an avid motor-biker. She has driven 1700 km of motorcycles in 8 days, and that too in conditions of zero temperature.
- The Gosports Foundation supports them in the Para Champions event.
- Deepa Malik has also been a member of the Working Group for Physical Education and Sports in the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017).
- In the year 2012, the Government of India honored her with the Arjuna Award.
- On 12 September 2016, she won a silver medal in the Rio Paralympics and became the first Indian woman to win a medal in the Paralympics.
- In the year 2017, she was honored with the prestigious Padma Shri Award.
Awards and Honours won after winning silver medal in Rio Olympics 2016.
- 4 crores by the government.
- An amount of 50 lakh was provided by the Ministry of Youth Sports.
- President Role Model Award (2014).
- Deepa has been awarded the Arjuna Award in 2012 at the age of 42.
- Deepa has been awarded the Maharashtra Chhatrapati Award (Sports) in the year 2009-10.
- In 2008, she was honored with the Haryana Karambhoomi Award by the Haryana Government.
- In 2006, Swavalamban was awarded by the Government of Maharashtra.
- Limca People of the Year in 2014.
- In 2013 Amazing Indian Award Times.
- 2013 Kevincare National Qualification Mastery Award.
- 2013 Karamveer Chakra Award.
- Media Peace and Excellence Award for Sports.
- Maharana Mewar Aravali Sports Award 2012.
- Mishaal – A – Himmat Award in 2012.
- 2011 Shree Shakti Puraskar.
- District Sports Award, Ahmednagar 2010.
- 2009 Rashtra Gaurav Award.
- 2009 Nari Gaurav Award.
- In 2009 Guru Govind Shaurya Award.
- 2007 Rotary Women of the Year Award.