Braving chest below paralysis, Deepa is on a Mission- Ability Beyond Disability for past 14 years. She is an international sports person and medalist. The first women paraplegic biker and car rallyist. She is the first to represent the country at international level in her category of disability. Having won laurels at the Common Wealth and Asian games, Deepa is now training for the IPC World Athletics Championship France 2013.
Deepa is the proud recipient of the coveted Arjuna Award 2012. She, today ranks 1st in Asia and 3rd in the world in paraplegic Javelin, Shot-put and Discus Throws. She has 3 national swimming records to her credit. Total Medal Tally- International -12, National/State- 47 Gold, 5 Silvers and 2 Bronze.
Deepa also holds 4 Limca Records(Adventure) for being the only paraplegic women in the world to have driven the nine high altitude passes in nine days on the highest road of the world; The Leh Laddakh highway. She swam across the river Yamuna against the current at Allahabad.
She is a member of the working group on sports and physical education in the formulation of twelfth five-year plan (2012-2017), and a known Motivational Speaker.
Deepa is a proud mother of two adult daughters. Wife, Daughter-in-law, Sister and Daughter of army personnel. Deepa has also wheeled on the ramp for Satya Paul and has been invited to address the students of IIM Ahmdabad and IIT Kanpur beside being a subject for the students of NID Ahmedabad.
Deepa has proved the theory of Mind Over Body and celebrates her life to the fullest, even at the age of 45 years, battling against repeated spinal cord tumors and emerges as a true role model to one and all.
• Arjuna Award-2012
• Batra Positive Health Hero Award-2012
• AWWA Excellence Award (Indian Army)-2012
• Media Peace and Excellence Award For Sports- 2012
• Amazing Indian Awards Times Now- 2013
• Cavinkare National Ability Mastery Award– 2013
• Nominee for Loreal Femina Awards 2013 in “Women We Love Category” along with MC Mary Kom, Sridevi and Vidya Balan.
MOTOR SPORTS AWARDS
• True Roadie In Mind & Soul Award
MTV Roadies 5, 9 and 10 (Adventure Reality Show)
• Star Rider Trophy
Castrol Most Passionate Biker Hunt 2009
• True Grit Award For Outstanding Courage
Maruti Raid-De Himalaya 2009
• Polaris ATV Challenge Jaipur 2009
• Driver- Maruti Desert Storm Car Rally 2010
• Winner – Bajaj Allianz Inspirational Women Driver Hunt 2011
• Co- Driver -Mahindra Great Escape Chandigarh 2012
• Co- Driver Tata Motors Full Throttle experience Thar 2012 and Kutch 2013
• Biker of India- India Bike Week Goa 2013
• Swawlamban Puruskar Maharashtra- 2006
• Haryana Karambhoomi Award 2008
• Maharana Mewar Arawali Sports Award – 2012
• Misaal-e-Himmat Award Presented By Flying Sikh Milkha Singh ji & Padmashri PT Usha-2012
• Rotary Women of the Year 2007
• Rashtra Gaurav Puruskar- 2009
• Naari Gaurav Puruskar- 2009
• Guru Govind Shaurya Puruskar- 2009
• District Sports Award Ahmednagar-2010
• Stree Shakti Puruskar CARE- 2011
• International Women’s day appreciation Award 2011 – Cancer Patient Aid Association New Delhi.
• Inspiring Icon Award -2013 Sathyabama University Chennai
As for qualification, Devika completed her Masters in Psychology from DU. She also worked as a counselor with a private hospital and also as a Research Analyst where she was responsible for knowledge management at a Business Consultancy firm based in Delhi.
Devika is also:
• Delegate – 9th International Youth Peace Ambassadors Forum (21-28 Aug 2014; Arizona, USA)
• Only female athlete in T – 37 category of disability from India to be medically classified by the International Paralympic Committee
• Won a Silver Medal at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix (Tunisia, Jun 16 – 18 2014)
• Participated in the 2nd China Open Athletics Championships, 11th – 17th April 2014, in T – 37 category.
• Represented the country at Olympic Truce Trainers Workshop, Jordan (8th – 11th May 2014), organized for upholding the Truce at Rio Olympics 2016
• Represented the country at 8th Youth Leadership Program (Tokyo, Jan 20-30, 2014) organized by United Nations Office of Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP)
• Won 3 Gold medals at the National Paralympic Games 2013 (athletics; T-37 category)
• Won 2 Gold Medals at the National Paralympic Games 2012 (athletics; T-37 category)
• Won a silver medal at the National Paralympic Games 2010 (athletics; T-37 category)