The year 2021 has been a bittersweet year for all of us. With the pandemic at its peak and the second wave hitting us hard, there were instances where motivating ourselves became difficult in such bleak circumstances. However, we still attempted to learn and make the best version of ourselves. Throughout the year, there have been various women in different fields who saw the year as a glass half full and turned out to be great motivators with their excellence in the respective fields. They gave us a moment of truth that life is never going to be easy, yet one has to take a leap and make something out of it for themselves. Here is a small tribute to all these amazing women who continue to inspire us and teach us the lessons of life.
Here are some of the talented women and their contributions to some of the fields for the year 2021.
- AVANI LEKHARA: India made us proud in this year’s Olympics and Paralympics held in Tokyo. With a total of 19 medals in the Paralympics 2021, Avani Lekhara, a 19-year-old Jaipur citizen became the of the winners to bag a gold medal in the category of R-2 women’s 10m Air Rifle. Avani faced an accident at the age of 11 that paralysed her lower body. However, she didn’t give up. She chose a new life with her paralysis and decided to turn the pages of history when she broke the record at the Paralympics last year.
- MIRABAI CHANU: We all know her as the second Indian who won a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championship. Hailing from a village in Manipur, Mirabai debuted as an Olympic Player in the 2016 Rio Olympics and won a silver medal in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics in the Women’s 49kg Weightlifting Category. The Powerhouse of India is also a recipient of Padma Shri in 2018 and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in the same year respectively.
- P.V SINDHU: P.V Sindhu’s name has become one that gives us goosebumps with pride and honour as she won two consecutive medals- first in the Rio Olympics 2016 and then in the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. A 26-year-old Badminton player from Hyderabad, P.V Sindhu made her name with her victory in 2013’s Malaysian Open Grand Prix.
- SHAILI SINGH: A story of resilience and hard work, Shaili Singh made a name for herself when she won the World No.1 title in Under-18 Youth Long Jump in 2021. She was trained at Anju Bobby George Sports Foundation in Bengaluru. With struggles following her and the financial issues she faced, she decided to face them and turn these struggles into a story worth remembering. She is now one of the top 20 rankers in the U-18 long jumpers across the world.
We congratulate these women for their hard work in their established fields. We will be back with the next blog to talk about women in the field of Finance, Military and Fashion.