India's Rio Paralympians - Deepa Malik
46-year-old Deepa Malik, a para-athlete and Arjuna award winner will represent India at the games.
Deepa is not just an athlete but also a record-breaking swimmer, adventure sports player, biker, and businesswoman. And she has done all this in a wheelchair. She simply refuses to let her disability come in the way of her dreams.
Her life changed in 1999 when a spinal tumour confined her to a wheelchair. She became a paraplegic and this was a hard phase as her husband, who is in the Army, was fighting in the Kargil war.
After a brief setback, she began to pursue her love for biking. She later became the first female athlete to represent India at the Paralympics. She has 54 national gold medals and 13 international medals in various sports including swimming, javelin throw and shot put.
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