Deepa Malik, eminent sports personality, Padma Shri and Arjuna Award winner, has been undergoing treatment for a spinal tumour for the past 17 years. She is India’s first female para-athlete to win a medal at the Paralympics (Rio, 2016) and holds the Asian record in the Javelin throw. She is also the first Indian paraplegic open-water swimmer, having swum across the Yamuna, a biker and a celebrated car rallyist who has participated in the Raid de Himalaya, the highest rally raid in the world. Deepa has 23 state and 35 national level medals in addition to her tally of 18 international medals, which includes the silver that she won in the Shotput event at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Five of her distinctions in Adventure Sports have been listed in the Limca book of Records ( 1- Swimming the Yamuna against the current, 2- Riding a special bike for over 50 kms, 3- Driving across 9 High Altitude passes and on the world’s highest motorable road, 4 – driving across the country from Chennai to Delhi, a 3278-km journey).
Deepa Malik has been recognized by the Government of India and conferred the ‘President’s National Role Model Award’ for 2014 ’ as well as the ‘Women Transforming India Award’ for 2016 (NIT AAYOG and United Nations India).
Given her rich life experiences coupled with an infectious passion for life she has also established herself as a successful motivational speaker for corporates across the country.
A vocal advocate of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’, she promotes gender equality on national media and exhorts women to overcome the barriers posed by gender and disability. She is also the brand face of the Swaccha Bharat campaign and a torchbearer of the Accessible India Campaign.