Here are some of the Indian female athletes whose stories are really inspiring the youth today, even after so many struggles they didn’t give up and that is how they got successful. Those who are struggling to achieve success should not give up, there might be a chance that you are just one step towards success.

1. Saikhom Mirabai Chanu – Weightlifter

Mira chanu – World Weightlifting Champion and two-time CWG medallist. 
  • Saikhom was born in a poor family and couldn’t afford her daily diet
  • Kept a deal with her parents that she would quit the sport if did not get qualified for Olympics
  • Cycled for 60 kms from her village to training center every day
  • Was only allowed to lift bamboo canes for the first 6 months of her training before switching to iron bar
  • At 11, she won gold at the sub-junior level and repeated the same in junior nationals in 2011
  • Won medals in Commonwealth games and silver medal in the women’s 48 kg weight class at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow
  • Won the Gold medal in the 48 kg female category by lifting 194 Kgs in total (85 Kg snatch and 105 Kg clean & jerk) and creating a world record in the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships held at Anaheim, CA, USA

2. Saina Nehwal – Badminton Player

Saina Nehwal – Olympic medallist 
  • Saina suffered from hiccups and went through discrimination as a girl child in Haryana
  • No coaching facility was available for small children In Haryana
  • Her father had to borrow money from friends, colleagues, and relatives to finance her badminton activities
  • She was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2009 and a year later, the Government of India honored her with the Padma Shri
  • In 2009, Nehwal was honored with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award
  • In 2016, the Government of India awarded Saina Nehwal the Padma Bhushan

3. Manika Batra – Table Tennis Player

Manika Batra – The latest Indian Table Tennis Sensation 
  • Manika Started playing from the age of 4. At 8, she won a match in a state level ‘Under-8 Tournament’
  • Focused on her goal and concentrated on her training
  • Her beauty attracted modeling offers but she turned them down as she had higher goals in life
  • Dropped out from college to pursue Table Tennis
  • Won her first medal at the age of 16 and silver medal in the ‘Under-21 Category’ at the 2011 Chile Open
  • Manika won three medals at the 2015 Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship in Surat, Gujarat
  • In the 2016 South Asian Games, Manika won three Gold medals
  • Manika represented India at the 2016 Rio Olympics, failure at the Rio Olympics taught her about her game’s weakness
  • First Indian Woman to win Gold Medal in Table Tennis Singles’ in Commonwealth Games 2018

 

4. Heena Sidhu – Sport Shooter

Heena Sidhu – Indian Shooter
  • Heena was undergoing physiotherapy as she couldn’t feel her fingers after shooting
  • Was struggling with her trigger finger owing to a nerve problem
  • To improve her trigger she set a target to finish her first 10 shot series in 11 minutes
  • Went through injury in 2015 National Games, a bulging disc in her neck and used to feel tremors while shooting. She was relieved by post-Rio after an MRI
  • Won a gold medal in 25m Sports Pistol event and a Silver medal in 10m Air Pistol Event at Commonwealth Games, 2018
  • Credits for winning gold goes to her Husband and coach
  • On 28 August 2014, Sidhu was awarded the Arjuna Award

  5. Mithali Raj – Cricketer

Mithali Raj – Indian Female Cricketer
  • Mithali belongs from South India, and her grandparents were not comfortable that she was playing a sport
  • She had a lot of struggles in her journey, as an Indian player she traveled in train unreserved from Hyderabad to Delhi
  • She was not provided with the basic facilities a sportsperson gets
  • She had her parents support and that is the reason she never felt the negativity
  • Before taking up cricket, Mithali was a classical dancer. She learned Bharatnatyam and wanted to grow in that field
  • On her debut, Mithali was just 16 years old. She is the youngest female cricketer to score a hundred on her ODI debut and is the second female cricketer to cross 5,000 ODI runs
  • She received the Arjuna Award in 2013 and Padma Shri award in 2015

6. Rani Rampal – Hockey Player

Rani Rampal - Hockey Player
Rani Rampal – Hockey Player
  • Rani’s condition was not financially good as she didn’t have the money to buy a hockey stick
  • At the age of fourteen, she became the youngest player to debut at international level
  • She was 15 years old and was the youngest player in the World Women’s Cup in 2010
  • Rani’s goal against England had helped team India to win a bronze medal in the Hockey Junior World Cup
  • She secured a clerk job in the Indian Railways on the basis of her performance
  • She was awarded Arjuna and Bhim award

7. Sania Mirza – Lawn Tennis Player

Sania Mirza – Indian Tennis Player
  • Sania being a Muslim was told that it is shameful for her to wear skirts and expose her legs in front of the world
  • Her marriage with Pakistani cricketer Shoaib drew a lot of criticism from the general public
  • She has been trained by her father since the age of six
  • The athlete was criticised as unpatriotic and was accused of disrespecting India’s national flag
  • The athlete has also been awarded the Arjuna Award and Padma Shri Award
  • She is the first South Asian woman to be appointed as a UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia

8. P.V. Sindhu – Badminton Player

P.V. Sindhu – Indian Badminton Player
  • Sindhu started playing at the age of 8 and used to travel 47 kms one-way when she was young and her parents were always there for her
  • Gopichand, her coach was a role model in her life
  • During her rest time, she is usually traveling. Rest is not that common for her
  • She was forced to stay away from the phone and her favorite sweet curd as her coach wanted her to focus on one thing
  • She is so committed towards Badminton that she did not attend her sister’s wedding as she had to play a Grand Prix at Lucknow
  • Sindhu won the Arjuna award when she was just 18, and she was awarded Padma Shri at the age of 19
  • She was also honored with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2016
  • First Ever Indian Woman To win The Silver Medal In Olympics

9. Vinesh Phogat – Wrestler

Vinesh Phogat – Indian Wrestler
  • Vinesh lost her father Rajpal at a young age of nine and was brought up by her uncle, Mahavir Singh Phogat
  • Under the strict supervision of her uncle, Vinesh grew up wrestling more with boys like her sisters
  • In 2014 Asian Games she won the bronze medal and in 2015 Asian Championship won the silver medal
  • 2016 Rio, Summer Olympics she made through quarterfinals but she went through a terrible knee injury which made her end summer Olympics
  • The athlete won the gold medal in women’s 50 kg freestyle wrestling at 2018 Commonwealth Games

10. Mary Kom – Boxer

Mary Kom – Indian Boxer|
  • Mary couldn’t complete her high school education as her passion for boxing was increasing
  • Her family couldn’t support the idea of their daughter taking part in boxing as it was not considered as “women’s game”
  • When the news of her first win came in the local newspaper her father had scolded her
  • Winning a gold medal in 1997 Asian games became a life-changing inspiration
  • She made her debut in 2001 Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championship and won a silver medal
  • Till now, she has been the proud winner of 5 gold medals as AIBA Champion
  • She even continued boxing after being a mother of two
  • From Arjuna Award to Padmashree, from Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award to have a road named after her she has won many awards

11. Bhakti Sharma – Open water swimmer

Bhakti Sharma – Indian Swimmer
  • At the age when kids barely walk, the athlete had started swimming
  • Her mother started coaching her when she was just two and a half year old
  • There was lack of good swimming pool in her area
  • As she started growing up she had to face societal constraints and she had to quit swimming
  • She had chosen another sport ‘karate’ but that didn’t last for long
  • She could have easily given up, but her mother inspired her and bhakti worked hard and started swimming again and competed in state and national level championships
  • She managed studies and swimming as a true perfectionist
  • She did 24 hours swim in the pool in the month of December to test herself accompanied by her mother
  • In the year 2012, Bhakti received Tenzing Norgay from the President for her achievements
  • She set a world record by swimming 1.4 miles in 52 minutes in one-degree temperature at Antarctic Ocean

12. Manu Bhaker – Shooter

Manu Bhaker – Indian Shooter
  • The athlete is 16, which makes her India’s youngest shooter to win a World Cup gold
  • Manu had only one shooting range in her district which was 25kms away
  • Before shooting, she was into boxing and thang-ta (Manipuri Martial Art)
  • Manu was forced to quit boxing after she suffered an eye injury
  • She was also a state-level skating champion
  • During the 61st National Shooting Championship in Kerala, she broke Heena Sidhu’s long-standing record of 240.8 with 242.3 in the final
  • Manu won a silver medal at the 2017 Asian Junior Championship
  • Won two gold medals at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Mexico

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