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Devika Malik was born as a premature baby and she met with an accident while she was an infant. The accident left a major impact on the right side of her brain, which paralysed the left side of her body, turning her hemiplegic. Despite her condition, she fought all odds and became a successful para-athlete to win 11 medals.
At 28, she is not only an international para-athlete, an advocate for people with disabilities on national and global platforms, a recipient of the prestigious Queen’s Leader Award 2015 and the co-founder of Wheeling Happiness, an organisation which is impacting thousands. The social entrepreneur whose work was lauded by NITI Aayog in 2018 also addressed the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the residence of the British Royal Family, and all 53 Heads of Commonwealth Countries, including the Indian Prime Minister at the opening ceremony.
Born to India's first female Paralympic medallist, Deepa Malik and Kargil war veteran Colonel Bikram Singh, Devika's interest in sports sparked after the 2010 Commonwealth Games. From 2011-2016, she won eight national and three international medals in short distance races and long jump. Through her organisation, she has been facilitating the lives of many physically disabled people to reach to their full potential.
Source: The Better India
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