Deepa Malik’s Paralympics triumph shows the value of putting ‘ability over disability’

It’s only been a few days since Deepa Malik returned from the Rio Paralympics with a historic shot put silver medal (she’s the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympic Games), but she has already started preparing for the World Para Athletics Championships in London next year, and has plans to convert her silver into a gold at the next Paralympics!
Malik, 45, has been participating in sports competitions since 2006, and has won 58 gold medals at the national level and 18 at the international level. She’s always loved sports, which for her, is “a lifestyle, a culture”. The Arjuna Awardee has participated in swimming and track and field events, is a biker and car rally driver, and says that even before a spinal tumour left her paralysed from the chest down in 1999, she has always been “the outdoorsy type”.

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