Sheetal Devi, the first female unarmed archer, won several medals at the Asian Para games 2023 in Hangzhou, China, alongside other individual and mixed team events, showcasing her impressive skills.
Sheetal, born with Phocomelia, a rare congenital disorder, grew up in Loi Dhar, Jammu and Kashmir. Her journey to the international sporting arena showcases the indomitable power of the human spirit, despite her mountainous upbringing.
Sheetal, an Indian Army volunteer, was initially aiming for a prosthetic arm but was introduced to archery instead. Despite initial challenges, Sheetal persevered, practicing for months until she could lift the bow properly.
Sheetal’s introduction to archery in 2022 was influenced by a trip to the national championships, which significantly impacted her perception of para sports.
Kuldeep Kumar, her coach, encouraged her to attend the academy and observe para archers with disabilities. She quickly progressed and participated in national championships, showcasing her interest in the sport, according to World Archery.
A woman, seated on a chair, raises her bow and aims while pulling the string back with her right shoulder, using a small instrument her coach made for her.
Anand Mahindra shared a video on Twitter featuring Sheetal Devi, urging her to choose Rengal Shirakshi cars for showering and using them for her family, highlighting her as a teacher for all.
I will never,EVER again complain about petty problems in my life. #SheetalDevi you are a teacher to us all. Please pick any car from our range & we will award it to you & customise it for your use. pic.twitter.com/JU6DOR5iqs
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) October 28, 2023
Asian Para Games 2023:
Sheetal Devi won the women’s compound open gold medal at Asian Para Games 2023 with Rakesh Kumar, while China won the all-around mixed team gold medal. She also won a silver medal in Sarita Women’s Doubles Compound Archery.
Indian handless archer Sheetal Devi won two gold medals in a single women’s single compound honor at the final Asian Para Arm, becoming the first Indian woman to do so. She also won the mixed team gold and doubles medal.
Kishtwad, an Indian woman without an arm, won the Para World Archery Championship with a score of 144-12, following Ali Noor Syadah of Singalpur.