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Deepa Malik

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S5, SB3, SM4

Further personal information

Family
Husband Bikram Singh Malik, daughters Davika and Ambika
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, Hindi
Higher education
English Literature - Sophia College: India

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She practised Para swimming before switching to Para athletics in 2009.
Why this sport?
The sport motivated her to overcome her impairment and break negative stereotypes she felt surrounded her age and gender in India.
Training Regime
She trains four times a week. "I train for three-four hours in the morning and do two hours of skill training in the evening."

International debut

Year
2007
Competing for
India
Location
Chinese Taipei

General interest

Hobbies
Motorbiking, fitness, travelling, being outdoors. (indiatimes.com, 14 Sep 2016; sehar-emotions.blogspot.com.au, 07 May 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a medal in the F53 javelin at the 2010 Asian Para Games in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China. (vervemagazine.in, 03 Jun 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her husband. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Indian boxer Mary Kom. (vervemagazine.in, 03 Jun 2017; Athlete, 23 Oct 2015))
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport goes beyond competition. It's more about a means to fitness, self-esteem and a healthy identity in spite of disability." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
She received the Arjuna Award at the 2012 National Sports Awards. (defenceinfo.com, 15 Sep 2012; deepamalik.com, 10 Sep 2015)

She has received the 2014 President's National Role Model Award. (hindustantimes.com, 25 May 2015)
Other sports
She has won national and international medals in Para swimming. In 2012 she was given the Arjuna Award for her performance in swimming. (bigwire.in, 13 Sep 2016; indianexpress.com, 06 Jul 2010)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (vervemagazine.in, 03 Jun 2017)
Impairment
She had a tumour successfully removed from her spine at age six but in 1999, doctors discovered the cancer had returned and that she would require three spinal operations. She had been warned that she may not be able to walk again, and this proved to be true as she woke up paralysed from the waist down. Following surgery, she had a total of 183 stitches between her shoulder blades. "It took long time to adjust to my body and its problems. I had to spend almost two years learning how to sit and walk. I hate sympathy, and I didn't want people think me of a weak and helpless person." (jagran.com, 05 Feb 2013; indianexpress.com, 30 Aug 2012; indianexpress.com, 06 Jul 2010)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
She became India's first female Paralympic medallist when she won silver in the F53 shot put at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 13 Sep 2016)

RALLY RACER
In 2009 she became the first person with paraplegia to ride in the Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya, one of the world's highest and most difficult motor rallies. She did not finish after breaking down during the second round of the race. She has also competed in races organised by the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India and has been registered four times in India's Limca Book of Records for her sporting achievements. (sify.com, 09 Mar 2011; thebetterindia.com, 02 Nov 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F52/53 Final 2011-01-23 2
Women's Javelin F33/34/52/53 Final 2011-01-28 13
Women's Discus Throw F51-53 Final 2011-01-29 6
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F52/53 Final 1 2013-07-23 6
Women's Shot Put F52/53 Final 1 2013-07-27 6
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F53 Final 1 2015-10-27 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F53 Final Round 2016-09-12 2
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F53 Final 1 2017-07-22 6