Deepa Malik

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Deepa Malik
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Personal information
Full nameDeepa Malik
Born (1970-09-30) 30 September 1970 (age 48)
Bhaiswal, Haryana[1]
ResidenceNew Delhi
Event(s)Shot Put, Javelin Throw, Discus Throw, Swimming & Motorcycling
Achievements and titles
Paralympic finals2016 Rio de Janeiro

Deepa Malik was born on 30 September 1970. She is an Indian athlete. She is the first Indian woman to win a medal in Paralympic Games and won a Silver medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in the shot put.[2] She has also won gold in F-53/54 Javelin event at the para athletic grand Prix held in Dubai in 2018. She currently is the world number one in the F-53 category. Shes won accolades for her participation in various adventure sports. She is associated with Himalayan Motorsports Association (H.M.A.) and Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (F.M.S.C.I.). She has undertaken an 8-day, 1700-km drive in sub-zero temperatures which included a climb to 18000 feet. It was – Raid De Himalaya. This journey covers many difficult paths including remote Himalayas, Leh, Shimla and Jammu.[3][4]

Malik is the wife of a veteran cavalier Colonel Bikram Singh and daughter of a veteran Infantry Colonel BK Nagpal. She is the mother of two adult daughters- Devika and Ambika.

She is a member of the working group in the formulation 12th five- year plan (2012–2017) on Sports and Physical Education as nominated by the Planning Commission HRD Division on behalf of the Sports Ministry. She is also the 'Clean India' brand ambassador for NMDC and expert consultant for Disability Inclusive Accessible Infrastructure for Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs 'Smart Cities' project.


Deepa Malik is the first Indian woman to win a Medal at the Paralympics. She won silver medal in the shot put at 2016 Paralympic Games.She was previously honored with the Arjuna award in 2012, at the age of 42 yrs.[5] She has also been conferred the prestigious Padma Shri award in 2017. She created a New Asian Record in Asian Para Games 2018 and is the only Indian woman to win medals in 3 consecutive Asian Para Games (2010, 2014, 2018). She has won 58 national & 23 International medals across all disciplines to date.

International participation & medals won[edit]

  • Asian Para Games 2018, Jakarta 2018 | 2 Bronze Medal (3rd Position) - 1 Bronze F53/F54 Category (Javelin Throw), 1 Bronze F51/52/53 Category (Discus Throw)
  • Paralympic Games 2016, Rio 2016 | Silver Medal (2nd Position) - First Ever Indian Woman to win a Paralympic Medal (shot put)
  • IPC Athletics World Championship, Doha 2015 | Diploma (5th Position) – (shot put)
  • IPC Oceania Asian Championship, Dubai March 2016 | 1 Gold (javelin), 1 Silver (shot put)
  • Won Incheon Asian Para Games 2014 – Silver medal in women’s 53–54 Javelin with a new Asian Record and has now qualified to be at IPC World Athletics Championship Doha 2015 to be held in Oct 2015
  • IPC 2nd China Open Athletics Championship Beijing 10–17 April 2014– Shot put F53-55 Gold
  • German open athletics championship Berlin 2013 – IPC Qualification event – Only women from India to earn qualification for IPC world athletics championship Lyon 2013
  • IPC World Athletics Championship, Lyon 2013 – Diploma Position
  • First Malaysian Open Athletics Championship April 2012 – Two Gold Medals – (Javelin and discus) – New Official Asian Record In Javelin F-53 Women – Felicitated by Milkha Singh ji and P.T.Usha ji.
  • IWAS World Games Sharjah Dec-2011- Two Bronze Medals – Two New Asian Records
  • IPC World Athletics Championship Christchurch Jan 2011 – Silver Medal
  • IPC World Athletics Championship New Zealand 2011 – Only women para-athlete to qualify for the same *Commonwealth Games 2010 – Diploma Position – Shot Put
  • Para-Asian Games China Dec 2010 – Bronze Medal – First Ever Medal Won By A Woman Athlete at Asian Games
  • CP Sports Nottingham England Sep 2010 – Three Gold Medals – Shot-put, Discus, Javelin
  • IWAS World Games, India 2009– shot put- Bronze Medal
  • World Open Swimming Championship- Berlin 2008 – 10th Position S-5 Swimming Backstroke
  • IWAS World Games Taiwan- 2007 – Diploma Position – Javelin F53 Women
  • FESPIC Games Kuala Lumpur 2006 – 2ND Position S-5 Swimming Backstroke
  • Qualified B Level – Javelin Throw F-53 For Beijing Olympics 2008 – Felicitated By Mr Kapil Dev
  • National and State level medals : 51 Gold, 5 Silver, 2 Bronze
  • International medals- 23[6]

Motor Sports[edit]

Deepa Malik was the first person ever to receive a license for invalid (modified) rally vehicle[citation needed], a case she consistently pursued for 19 months in Maharashtra. She is also the first physically challenged individual in the country to receive an official rally license from the Federation Motor Sports Club of India (FMSCI) and become a navigator and driver in the toughest car rallies of the country- Raid-de-HIMALAYA 2009 and Desert Storm 2010.

She had the honour of being the part of the grid and national anthem ceremony at the flag-off of Formula-1 race at Buddh international circuit, 2013[citation needed].

Her aim of joining motor sports is to spread awareness towards the fact that physically challenged individuals can obtain an official license and attain independence and self-reliance through driving. Deepa Malik has undertaken numerous rallies to promote this cause.

Awards and recognition[edit]

National and state awards[edit]

  • President Role Model Award (2014)
  • Arjuna Award (2012)
  • Maharashtra Chhatrapati Award (sports) (2009–10)
  • Haryana Karambhoomi Award (2008)
  • Swawlamban Puruskar Maharashtra (2006)
  • Padmashri Award (2017)[7]
  • First Ladies Award - Ministry of Women & Child Development.

Other awards[edit]

  • WCRC Leaders Asia Excellence Award 2014
  • Limca people of the year award 2014
  • iCONGO Karamveer Puruskar 2014
  • Amazing Indian Awards Times Now-2013
  • Cavinkare National Ability Mastery Award −2013
  • Karamaveer Chakra award 2013
  • Nominee for L'Oreal Femina Awards 2013 in “Women We Love Category”
  • Batra Positive Health Hero Award 2012
  • AWWA Excellence Award For Sports 2012
  • Media Peace & Excellence Award For Sports 2012
  • Maharana Mewar Arawali Sports Award 2012
  • Misaal-e-Himmat Award (2012)
  • International Women’s day appreciation Award 2011 – Cancer Patient Aid Association New Delhi.
  • Shree Shakti Puruskar CARE- 2011
  • District Sports Award Ahmednagar-2010
  • Rashtra Gaurav Puraskar 2009
  • Naari Gaurav Puraskar 2009
  • Guru Gobind Shaurya Puraskar 2009
  • Rotary Women Of The Year Award 2007
For the silver medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics

Records And Rankings[edit]

  • Holds An Official IPC Asian Record In Javelin F-53 Category – Felicitated by Milkha Singh and P.T.Usha.
  • Holds All Three National Records In Throws {Discus, Javelin, Shot-put} In F-53 Category
  • Holds All Three National Records In S-1 Swimming Category {Back Stroke, Breast Stroke, Free Style }
  • World Ranking 2010–12 – 2nd Shot-put, 3rd -Discus, 3rd Javelin
  • Asian Ranking 2010–12 – 1st In All Three Throws

LIMCA World Records

  • Longest Pan-India drive done by a paraplegic women. Chennai-Delhi 3278 km – 2013[10]
  • Driving Across Nine High Altitude Passes in Nine Days on Leh-Ladakh Highest Motorable Roads. (First Woman in the world in her disability to attempt a journey like this – 2011)
  • Riding Special Bike −2009
  • Swimming in River Yamuna Against The Current For 1 km. Allahabad-2008

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rio Paralympics: Meet Deepa Malik, athlete extraordinaire". The Times of India. TNN. 5 September 2016. Archived from the original on 31 August 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Paralympics 2016 | Deepa Malik wins silver medal in shot put". 2016-09-12. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  3. ^ "Deepa Malik [Biography] Swimmer,Biker of the world". MATPAL DEV. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Deepa Malik's inspiring drive finally concludes in Delhi". CarDekho Team. Jaipur: 30 September 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  5. ^ Medal Medal
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Padma Awards 2017 announced".
  8. ^ "Deepa Malik becomes first Indian woman to win medal at Paralympics, bags silver in shotput". The Indian Express. 12 September 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Rio Paralympic medallists to be given cash awards". Business Standard. 6 September 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Awards". Retrieved 2016-09-28.

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