Deepa Malik honoured with New Zealand Prime Ministers Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 2019
Rio Paralympics silver medallistDeepa Malik was named as the recipient of the New ZealandPrime Minister’s Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 2019 in recognition of her “inspiring achievements“.
She became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympic Games when she bagged a silver in shot put F 53 at the Rio Paralympics in 2016, scoring her personal best of 4.61m.
She will work to promote sporting, cultural as well people-to-people relationship between India and New Zealand.
The fellowship, awarded by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, aims to strengthen the ties between India and New Zealand.
Deepa Malik is the only Indian woman to have won medals in three consecutive Asian Para Games in 2010, 2014 and 2018. Her tally of laurels stands at 58 national and 23 international medals.
She is also the recipient of India’s civilian honour Padma Shri and the prestigious Arjuna Award for excellence in sports.
Deepa has entered the Limca Book of World Records four times.