Deepa Malik

Deepa Malik contributed immensely towards better sports policies for physically challenged in her role&nbsp;<strong>as a member of the Working Group for the Formulation of 12th Five Year Plan (2012 – 2017)</strong>. Deepa works closely with the government to implement progressive &amp; inclusive policies. She is the&nbsp;<strong>’Clean India’ brand ambassador for New Delhi Municipal Corporation and expert consultant for Disability Inclusive Accessible Infrastructure for Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs ‘Smart Cities’ project.

As the founder of Wheeling Happiness Foundation she has taken up the cause of enhancing the emotional health of persons with challenges and empowering women through outdoor sports motor sports and adventure activities and also assisting the training and sports equipment requirements of para sports persons. The foundation also enables persons from lower socio  economic strata as well as running disability sports awareness &amp; advocacy sessions at various schools and colleges. The foundation has provided more than 500 mobility aiding devices. She also provides disability sensitization training to airline staff. Deepa Malik has assisted many physically challenged persons to learn driving &amp; sports and hence live a more self  reliant life.

With a count of 23 international medals and 68 national state level medals in swimming javelin shotput  discus events she has been listed as one of the 10 most inspirational women para-athletes of the world by International Paralympic Committee. She has been ranked as one of the&nbsp;<strong>top 10 Asian Women Leaders in 2017 by the Great Asia Women Achievers Awards 2017. Deepa Malik has created history by becoming the first ever Indian female Para athlete to win an Asian Games medal in athletics as well as the first ever female World Championship medal.  She is also India’s first ever female Paralympic Medallist across any sport. She has created history by becoming the only Indian woman athlete ever to win medals at 3 successive Asian Games and retain the Asian Record in Javelin throw throughout the years. She also holds a world record in open river swimming for swimming across the Yamuna River for 1km against the current. She is the first Indian to receive the International Women’s Day Recognition</strong>&nbsp;from the&nbsp;<strong>International Paralympic Committee (awarded each year to one woman from all over the world) for her contribution to advancing disability sports for women in India.

Deepa Malik contributed immensely towards better sports policies for physically challenged in her role <strong>as a member of the Working Group for the Formulation of 12th Five Year Plan (2012 – 2017)</strong>. Deepa works closely with the government to implement progressive &amp; inclusive policies. She is the <strong>’Clean India’ brand ambassador for New Delhi Municipal Corporation and expert consultant for Disability Inclusive Accessible Infrastructure for Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs ‘Smart Cities’ project.

As the founder of Wheeling Happiness Foundation she has taken up the cause of enhancing the emotional health of persons with challenges and empowering women through outdoor sports motor sports and adventure activities and also assisting the training and sports equipment requirements of para sports persons. The foundation also enables persons from lower socio  economic strata as well as running disability sports awareness advocacy sessions at various schools and colleges. The foundation has provided more than 500 mobility aiding devices. She also provides disability sensitization training to airline staff. Deepa Malik has assisted many physically challenged persons to learn driving &amp; sports and hence live a more self – reliant life.