Meet two para-athletes who made India proud

HerStory speaks to Paralympians Avani Lekhara and Ekta Bhyan on India’s historic wins at the Tokyo Paralympics, their journeys as para-athletes, and why we need better infrastructure and facilities for the disabled.

Meet two para-athletes who made India proud

Wednesday November 24, 2021,

3 min Read

Good Morning,

At Tokyo Paralympics this year, India put up its best show yet, winning an unprecedented 19 medals despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic — all because of the hard work of para-athletes.

Among them were Avani Lekhara and Ekta Bhyan who rose above disability to help India post a formidable medals’ haul. 

For Avani, a 19-year-old rifle shooter, training was a massive challenge amid the lockdown as shooting ranges were closed. Despite the difficulties, she became the first woman to win two Paralympic medals by winning gold and silver.

"I went in there, gave my 100 percent with full focus and came first, winning a berth in the Tokyo Paralympics,” she recalled.

In a conversation with HerStory, Ekta, who participated in the club and discus throw events, talked about her experiences at the Paralympics and why advocacy for inclusivity and more women in para-sports matters.

“We also need to break the mental barriers surrounding the disabled. Give them more opportunities,” she added.

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