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Ekta Bhyan

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F51

Further personal information

Residence
Hisar, IND
Occupation
Government Official
Languages
English, Hindi
Higher education
English - Government College, Hisar: India

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2015.
Why this sport?
She was invited to try the sport by coach Amit Kumar Saroha. "I had never thought about sports. I was always more into academics. That's the only thing I focused on all my life. Initially, I found training quite challenging because of severe quadriplegic disability. Also, along with my job, it was difficult to take out the time for practice. However, as time progressed, I improved my fitness and performance, and then I started enjoying it."
Name of coach
Amit Kumar Saroha
Training Regime
She trains in Sonipat, India.

General interest

Hobbies
Painting, reading, watching films. (NewsX YouTube channel, 06 Jun 2020)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (espn.in, 05 Apr 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"Before a competition, it is very important to keep oneself composed and keep the mind at ease as there is an immense amount of performance pressure. So, I follow these six rules - pranayama [breathing exercise in yoga], sleeping for eight to 10 hours, spending time talking with family and friends, eating healthy food, drinking enough water, and complete relaxation and rest." (robinage.com, 15 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't surrender to your situation. Life comes with its challenges but we are above them all." (espn.in, 05 Apr 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2020 she was named Para Sportswoman of the Year at the Sportstar Aces Awards in India. (sportstar.thehindu.com, 13 Jan 2020)

In 2018 she was named Differently Abled Athlete of the Year by ESPN India. (espn.in, 05 Apr 2019)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (newzhook.com, 16 Nov 2019)
Impairment
She has paraplegia as the result of a road traffic accident in 2003. She was sitting in a parked car with six other girls when a truck overturned and fell onto her vehicle. Five of the girls died at the scene of the accident. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 15 Sep 2016; thespinalfoundation.in, 01 Jul 2014; tribuneindia.com, 23 Feb 2014)
Other information
REHABILITATION
She spent nine months in hospital following the accident that led to her impairment in 2003. "It was a very difficult time for me. It actually took a long time for it to sink in. I wanted to look at what was left instead of what was lost. And education played a huge role. Once I started studying again, slowly and steadily, normalcy too started coming in." (espn.in, 05 Apr 2019)

OCCUPATION
She works as an employment officer with the Haryana government in India. (espn.in, 05 Apr 2019; Twitter profile, 10 Feb 2021)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied at Kurukshetra University in India. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Feb 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Club Throw F51 Final 1 2017-07-14 6