Manasi Joshi, a badminton star in India unlike any other. Her story is one worth delving into for our daily dose of inspiration. She was born on 11th June 1989 and hails from Rajkot in Gujarat.
She graduated from KJ Somaiya College of Engineering in Mumbai with a degree in Electronic Engineering. Her love for sports persisted throughout her youth with her favorites being football and badminton.
She began playing badminton at the age of 6 with her father and this gradually led to her passion for the sport over the years.
Her leg had to be amputated after an unfortunate motorbike accident left her hospitalized for an extensive period of time. Prior to this, she was working as a software engineer in Mumbai.
She was cornered by one of her teammates who would play alongside her during her accident days to try out for the national para badminton team. She was selected to represent India at the Asian Para Games in 2014 and this was her major breakthrough.
Moreover, she has been recognized by several organizations for her efforts. Some of the awards include Time of India Sports Award for the Best Para Athlete, BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year, National Award for Best Sportsperson with a disability, TIME Next Gen Leader and has made it to the list of self-made women of Forbes India 2020.
However, she has won a gold in the single women’s category of the BWF World Para Championships in 2019 along with a silver and bronze in the same tournament two years apart. Adding to this she has also won bronze medals at the Asian Championships, Asian Para Games and the International Championships.