Deepa Malik is a well-known para-athlete of India. She is the winner of the Khel Ratna Award, Padma Shri Award, and Arjuna Award.
She was born on Wednesday, 30 September 1970 (age 49 years; as in 2019), in Bhaiswal, Sonipat District, Haryana. Her zodiac sign is Libra.
She completed her schooling from Calcutta’s Kendriya Vidyalaya and went to Sophia College, Ajmer to complete her graduation. Deepa was born like a normal child, but when she was 5 years old a spinal tumour was detected in her body. After three years of long treatment, her spinal tumour was cured. In 1999, again she was diagnosed with a spinal tumour, and she had no option other than operating it. The doctors told her that if she lives with a tumour she will die early and if she operates it, she will be paralysed. So, she opted the second option. She underwent 3 surgeries and got 183 stitches. Her lower body was paralysed post the surgery.
Family, Caste & Husband
She was born into a North Indian family. Her father, Balkrishan Nagpal, is a former Indian Army Personnel. Her mother’s name is Veena Nagpal. She has a brother, Vikram Nagpal.
She got married to her boyfriend ‘Bikram Singh’ on 27 June 1989. He is an Indian Army Officer. They are blessed with two daughters- Ambika Malik and Devika Malik. Ambika works at Rotaract Club of JGU, and Devika works at CCYDN Commonwealth Children & Youth Disability Network. When an interviewer asked Deepa Malik- how she met her husband, she said that-
I used to go on a run every day. Every day I saw this boy running, too. One day, he came with this gorgeous-looking motorcycle. And, I so wanted to ride it. I went up to the guy and asked him to give me the keys. He asked if I would be able to manage it? I commanded to hand me the keys then and he did. I rode the motorcycle and pulled out a few stunts and gave it back to him. I told him that I’d have married any guy who’d not ask me why I needed a motorcycle and would buy me one.”
When she was 36 years old, she decided to pursue her career in sports. She participated in various athletic events like Shot Put, Javelin Throw, and Discus Throw. She participated in various state, national and international events and won awards and medals in it. She won a silver medal in 2016’s Paralympic games. In Asian Para Games 2018, she became the only Indian women to win medals in 3 consecutive Asian Para Games (2010, 2014, 2018).
In 2016, when Deepa was ignored for the Khel Ratna Award, she “appealed” the Sports Ministry for an award. She said,
I felt that there has been an oversight. Where’s the deficiency. Do I need to win one more medal in the 2020 Games at the age of 50 to be given this award.” Hindustan Times
- 2007: Rotary Women of the year award
- 2009: Naari Gaurav Puraskar
- 2009: Rashtra Gaurav Puraskar
- 2012: Arjuna Award
- 2014: Limca people of the year award
- 2017: Padma Shri Award
- 2019: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award
- IWAS World Games (2009): Bronze medal in Shot Put
- Para-Asian Games China (Dec 2010): Bronze Medal
- IPC World Athletics Championship (Jan 2011): Silver Medal
- IWAS World Games Sharjah (Dec 2011): Two Bronze Medals
- Incheon Asian Para Games (2014): Silver medal in women’s 53–54 Javelin throw
- Paralympic Games, Rio (2016): Silver Medal in Shot Put
- Asian Para Games, Jakarta (2018): 2 Bronze Medals (1 Bronze F53/F54 Category in Javelin Throw, 1 Bronze F51/52/53 Category in Discus Throw)
- IPC Asian Record In Javelin F-53 Category
- Three National Records In Throws (Discus, Javelin, and Shot-put) In F-53 Category
- Three National Records In S-1 Swimming Category (Back Stroke, Breast Stroke, and FreeStyle)
- 2008: Swimming in River Yamuna Against The Current For 1 km. Allahabad
- 2009: Riding Special Bike
- 2011: Driving Across Nine High Altitude Passes in Nine Days on Leh-Ladakh Highest Motorable Roads
- 2013: Longest Pan-India drive done by a paraplegic woman (Chennai-Delhi 3278 km)
- She has become the first physically challenged Indian to receive an official rally license from the Federation Motor Sports Club of India (FMSCI).
- She was a member of the working group in the formulation of the 12th five-year plan (2012-2017) on Physical Education & Sports.
- She is one of the brand ambassadors for NMDC’s- Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.
- On 11 October 2019, she appeared in Kaun Banega Crorepati 11 in a special episode ‘Karamveer’ along with Para-Badminton athlete, Manasi Joshi.