Who is Sheetal Devi? Who is the armless archer? Who won back-to-back gold for India? Before answering all these questions, we would like to ask you something. Isn’t it true that most of us always complain about the things we don’t have in life and forget to be thankful for everything we have? Well, in this ever-growing world, we are always in a rat race to shoot the perfect aim in life. With all the pre-planned strategies, we try to get what we aim but can you imagine shooting your desired goal without something very important like your hands or legs? The answer would be no, but for Sheetal Devi, it is a big yes!
She is an armless archer making the nation proud by holding a bow and arrow with her legs. Let us introduce you to this brave woman who has a fighting spirit in life even without both of her hands. She manages to be the fierce lady with all her killing achievements despite her disability.
Asian Para Games 2023
Asian Para Games took place in China from 22 to 28th October 2023. It was a sports series similar to the Asian Games that was organized for athletes around the world. But the Para Games has a special thing in that it was organized with furious athletes having some kind of disability. It was organized to honor the spirit of those in life who decided to never give up and be a true sportsperson with the same zeal as normal people.
India had a spectacular performance in the Asian Para Games and concluded by winning a total of 111 medals. It was the biggest achievement for the country in any major international multi-sport event. Today, Mad4India celebrates a great athlete Sheetal Devi who made the country proud with her marvelous achievements.
Who won 2 Gold in archery for India At the Asian Para Games?
Archery is a sport that demands skill, concentration, precision, and a strong vision and all of this should align perfectly with sharp brain and body reflexes. It might be difficult for the new learners to shoot an aim accurately as it takes a long time of learning and practice to a perfect archer. Sheetal Devi is a disabled female archer who claimed the top prize with two gold and one silver medal in archery for India at the Asian Para Games 2023 in Hangzhou.
Sheetal Devi rose from nowhere to the world stage!
Hailing from Loidhar village of Jammu & Kashmir, Sheetal Devi is a 16-year-old archer who made India proud at the Asian Para Games 2023 in China. She was born with Phocomelia, a rare disorder that causes under-developed limbs and might affect the proper functioning of eyes, nose, and ears. Sheetal defied all odds and fought to stand tall on her feet.
She has all that an archer requires except both her hands. Well, Sheetal decided to defeat her disability and became the first female archer without hands to compete internationally. Her friends and family never lost faith in her and supported her. She never liked the look people gave her when they noticed her disability. From a poor girl to international fame, Sheetal takes pride in describing her journey to winning 2 golds in a compound mixed team event and a women’s doubles silver.
Armless woman became the motivation for thousands
Initially, Sheetal started by shooting 50-100 arrows daily and slowly increased her level to shooting 300 arrows in a day by holding her bow and arrow from her legs. Six months into the practice and Sheetal Devi won a silver at the Para Open Nationals in Sonipat. This raised her spirit and she gathered the courage to participate at the international level in China.
Winning 3 back-to-back medals with 2 golds and one silver, today, Sheetal stands as a true source of inspiration for those who give up in life because of some disability. She redefined the meaning of not being normal by achieving something abnormal!
India’s performance at the Asian Para Games
Indian para athletes created history at the Asian Para Games 2023 which ended on 28th October, 2023 by breaking all the existing records of the nation. India finished fifth by winning a total of 111 medals this time and crossed the century in winning medals at both, the Asian Games and the Asian Para Games. This time the para-athletes bagged 29 gold, 31 silver, and 51 bronze. Now, we are preparing again to slay with more zeal and enthusiasm the next time in 2026.
Mad4India appreciates Sheetal’s spirit and congratulates all the other athletes for a successful tournament. We await more medals and worldwide appreciation in the next Asian Para Games in 2026.
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