DEEPA MALIK--a name associated with grit and courage.She is the first Indian woman ever to win a medal in Paralympics.She won a silver medal in shot put F53 category.
She is an Arjuna Awardee Motivational speaker and an entrepreneur.
CHILDHOOD: She was born on 30th September 1970 in Sonipat district,Haryana.She did her schooling from Kendriya Vidalaya Calcutta and college from Sophia College,Ajmer. She was born in a Hindu,Jat family and her father was an army personnel.
She married Col.Bikram Singh on 27th June 1989.She is a woman of grit and an indomitable spirit.She was diagnosed with a spinal tumor in 1999 and underwent 3 spinal surgeries and 183 stitches within her shoulder blades in 14 years.She is paralyzed waist down and has no sensation below her waist.This was diagnosed while her husband was away fighting the Kargil war.But being brought up in an army family she showed immense valor.She had the fighting spirit and tried to overcome this problem with her never say die spirit.Her husband won the war for the country while she won her personal war.Doctors told her she wouldn't walk again but her spirit held her and she became an athlete, biker, swimmer and an adventure enthusiast at the age of 36.
Her biggest support system is her family, her husband, and two grown-up daughters.At 45 today she has done it all biking,swimming,car rallyist,entrepreneur and a motivational speaker.She ran her restaurant and catering business from 2003-2010.
She was invited for the Roadies show on television.She joined swimming to help make her shoulders and arms strong for riding bikes.She managed to break multiple records in swimming.
She went in the Limca book of records for completing the longest drive Chennai to Delhi in 2013.
In 2011 she became the first paraplegic woman to drive to Khardunga-La-pass the highest motorable pass in the world.
She rode a special bike for 58 kms in 2009.
In 2008 she crossed 1 km stretch of the Yamuna river against the current.
At the National level she has won 54 medals for Javelin throws, Shot put and swimming.
She won the Arjuna Award in 2012 for swimming.
In 2016 she won a silver medal in Rio, Paralympics and became the 1st Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics.
She came to know she was suffering from Spastic Paraplegia so she equipped the home with intercoms and walkie-talkies to communicate.
Today she is a motivational speaker at educational conclaves and MNCs.