Year 2016 saw many female sports women like Dipa Karmakar, PV Sindhu, Aditi Ashok, Deepa Malik and Sakshi Malik winning medals for India in different sports category.
1. Dipa Karmakar
Dipa Karmakar holds a record of to be the first Indian gymnast to compete in any Olympics ever.
She was born on 9 August 1993 to a Bengali family. She represented India at the Summer Olympics 2016.
She scored 4th position in Women’s Vault Gymnastics of Rio Olympics 2016 where she made a perfect overall score of 15.066.
Dipa recalls how she was not considered fit for Gymnastics because of her flat foot in her childhood. But it was her parents who really worked hard for her and got her best coaching for Gymnastics, and the of this is in front of the world now.
Indians can also proudly say that we have a player who can compete and represent us in Gymnastics also. Dipa has made the country proud with her achievements.
If the parents of all the girl child get inspiration from this, India can get more and more medals in Olympics and other Championships.
Few of the other accomplishments of Dipa Karmakar:
- She won bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
- She won a bronze medal at the 2015 Asian Gymnastics Championships
- Dipa stood fifth at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics
- Dipa is one of the five women who landed the most difficult vault, Prod nova successfully.
2. Sakshi Malik
Sakshi Malik is from Haryana, India and is another gem to Indian women sports who won a silver medal in the 58kg category at the 2016 Summer Olympics Games.
Sakshi is a free-style Indian wrestler and is a renowned name in Indian wrestling.
She was born on 3 September, 1992 and became the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics. She started her training since when she was 12-year-old. Her achievements are more precious and should be honoured as she represents a state (Haryana) where the female foeticide is a common thing and honor killings and sex-selective abortions are considered normal.
She gives all success credits to her family without whom she would also have married very early with no career in sports. She considers herself lucky as the dreams she saw did not shatter like many Indian girls.
Few of the other accomplishments of Sakshi Malik:
- She is a silver medalist at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games
- She is a bronze winner at the 2015 Incheon Asian Games. It was the 25th medal for India at the Olympic Games since its independence.
- She shares space of the JSW Sports excellence Program with her fellow sportsmen, Babita Kumari, Geeta Phogat, Vinesh Phogat and few others.
3. Deepa Malik
Where there is a will there is a way. Deepa Malik has proved these lines very true.
Deepa Malik is the first Indian woman who won a Medal at the Paralympics. Paralympics happen just after the Olympics are over every time.
Deepa Malik won silver medal in the shot put at 2016 Paralympics Games.
Few of the other accomplishments of Deepa Malik:
- She is an Arjuna awardee and got this honor in 2012 at the age of 42 years.
- Won silver medal at the 2016 Paralympics Games in the short put sports.
It was the childhood dream of the sportswoman to prove herself in sports. She was just eight-years-old when paralytic shocks started to her. The MRI scans and other tests showed her having seven broken vertebrates but could not stop her from following her dreams.
She had faced a many tough time in her life. One was when she was getting operated and her husband, an army officer, was fighting for nation in Kargil war.
We should get inspiration from Deepa as even having perfect body we do not try to do anything for the nation. Deepa is leading her life and holding her head high with pride.
Deepa is a perfect example of inspiration to us that it’s never too tough to carry out anything as long as you are determined to do so.
4. Aditi Ashok
Aditi Ashok was born on 29 March, 998 to Pandit Gudlamani Ashok in Bangalore. She finished her schooling from The Frank Anthony Public School in Bangalore, and graduated in 2016
Aditi Ashok is an Indian golf player. She started playing golf since the age of 5
Few of the other accomplishments of Aditi Ashok:
- Aditi is the first Indian player to win the Lalla Aicha Tour School for the 2016 session. She is the youngest player to do the same.
- She is the youngest winner of a Q School for an international tour
- Aditi Ashok is the first Indian golfer who played the Asian Youth Games held in 2013
- She is also the first Indian golfer player to play Youth Olympics Games held at 2014
- Aditi is the first Indian player to play in Olympics Games held at 2014
- Aditi won the 2016 Hero Women’s Indian Open and scored 3-under-par 213
- She became the first Indian to win a Ladies European Tour title in 2016
- She won the Qatar Ladies Open and finished the season second on the Order of Merit
- She won the Rookie of the Year award in 2016
- Aditi won LPGA Tour card for 2017 via the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament
5. PV Sindhu
PV Sindhu became household name after she lost to Carolina Marin in the finals of Summer Olympics 2016. Even though she lost but she gained hearts of many Indians by showing her awesome game.
Full name of PV Sindhu is Pusarla Venkata Sindhu. She was born on 5 July, 1995 in a family of sportsman where both her parents were sportsman.
PV Sindhu plays badminton from India and is currently holding world number 3 position in the BWF World Ranking. She became the first Indian to win an Olympic Silver medal in 2016 Summer Olympics.
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Gopichand, the former Indian badminton player, is the coach of Sindhu. He appreciates her student and tells she is very hard-working and a dedicated player. She has been doing practice of badminton at 4 am in the morning since her child hood. Her parents recalls how she would cry like hell when could not attend coaching for even a single day.