In the past few years, Indian women have truly made their mark in many fields, especially in sport. From making history in the Olympics to making it to the Number one ranking in the world, these women have let nothing hold them back. In a country that is obsessed with the country’s men’s cricket team, it is doubly important that we give these sportspersons the credit they deserve. Despite the constant stereotyping that these women have faced, they came through victorious. They have truly inspired us by showing us that nothing is impossible.
The first ever Indian woman gymnast in the Olympics, Dipa Karmakar made us so proud we couldn’t stop gushing about her for months after. We still haven’t stopped. Even though she didn’t win a medal, she won all our hearts with her heart-stopping rendition of the Produnova which is considered the most difficult vault in women’s gymnastics. She is part of a group of ONLY five women to have successfully landed this vault. The 23-year-old’s courage in attempting such a dangerous move is inspiring and deserves admiration and respect.
Another young Indian woman to have made history this past year, P. V. Sindhu had us all on the edge of our seats with her incredible comeback performances. She is the first Indian woman to have won an Olympic silver medal and the second woman in badminton to win an Olympic medal. In addition to that, she is also the first Indian badminton player to reach an Olympics final and the youngest Indian to have stepped onto an Olympic podium. This history-making 21-year-old has shown us how to fight no matter what the odds are.
This professional golfer started at the very young age of five and today, at eighteen, she is already soaring and reaching new heights. Another history-maker, this athlete is the youngest and the first Indian to win the Lalla Aicha Tour School which got her into the Ladies European Tour. She is the youngest ever to have won a Qualifying Tour for an international tour. She is also the first and ONLY Indian golfer to have competed in various international sporting events including the 2016 Olympic Games. She won the opening edition of the Qatar Ladies Open and was named ‘Rookie of the Year’ by the Ladies European Tour. This inspiring woman has taught us that you are never too young to achieve your dreams.
This particular star requires no introduction. From her first entry onto the international tennis scene, she has been making history. She is India’s most successful female Indian tennis player ever. If we begin from the start of her achievements, we’ll need to write for a long time and for many more pages. Instead, let’s focus on what she has done in the past few years. 2015 and 2016 have been her most successful years till date. She partnered with Martina Hingis and went on a 41-match winning streak. In this time, notable wins included the Wimbledon and the US Open. She became the first Indian to be made World Number One in the WTA’s double rankings in 2015. This superstar has shown us all that the sky is the limit and no dream is too large to be realized.
Another superstar who needs no introduction, Saina Nehwal has been winning hearts since her first entrance on the badminton scene. She has stayed in the top ten world rankings since 2009. In 2015, when she was made world No 1, she became the first Indian female player to achieve this feat and the second Indian after Prakash Padukone. No stranger to the Olympics, she has taken part three times and won a bronze medal in 2012. One of the more associated names with badminton in India, she has blazed a path for women in sport in India.
The first Indian woman to win a medal in the Paralympic Games, Deepa Malik has been a fighter for a long time. Along with winning the medal in shot put, she also takes part in various athletic meets and won medals in javelin, swimming and shot put. She also takes part in adventure sports including motorsports in the Himalayas. She has let nothing hold her back and is truly an inspiration to people everywhere that no matter what happens, nothing can stop you from being who you are meant to be.
This Women’s Day, we hope these six sportspersons inspire you and serve as reminders that your daughters can be anyone they want to be. Inspire them, teach them and lay the foundation so that in the future, they are unafraid of challenges and ready for any battle.
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