The longest-serving female member of the House of Lords in history and also a very well-known Paralympian, Baroness Masham is confirmed to have died at the age of 87, on Sunday in a hospital in Northallerton, Yorkshire as per her charity, the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA).
The official website of Paralympics GB describes her as “One of the first Paralympic medallists of Great Britain” and also as a “pioneering athlete”. Her fellow mates and Paralympians are paying tribute to the legend, one of them is Tanni Grey-Thompson, she said, “ I am really sad to hear of Baroness Masham (Sue) passing.
Women Paralympian Around The Globe
Deepa Malik (India)
52-year-old Deepa Malik is an Indian athlete, who started her career at the early age of 30 and is the first Indian woman to win at Paralympics Games a silver medal in the shot put in the 2016 Summer Paralympics. Apart from that she won a gold medal in the F-53/54 Javelin throw event at the para athletic Grand Prix in 2018, Dubai. Right now, she is the number first in the world in the F-53 category. Deepa Malik has been awarded the Arjuna Award in 2012, and Padma Shree Award in 2017.
Sarah Storey (England)
Dame Sarah Joanne Storey is a British Paralympic athlete in swimming and cycling, she has won gold medals multiple times in the Paralympic Games. She has a total of 28 Paralympic medals on her name which includes 17 gold medals which makes her the most successful British Paralympian of all time. She also holds the record for winning five gold medals before turning 19 in the Paralympics. Sarah Storey has also been 29 times World champion and 21 times European champion as well as holds 75 world records.
Yu Chui Yee (Hong Kong)
Alison Yu Chui Yee is a native of Hong Kong and a wheelchair fencer. When she was just 11-year-old she had bone cancer which made her have to amputate one of her legs. She started her career with swimming but later shifted to fencing at then the age of merely 17. At the Summer Paralympics of 2004, she won a total of four gold medals and was the first athlete with 4 golds in the fencing Category A.
Esther Verger (Netherlands)
Esther Mary Vergeer is a former professional wheelchair tennis player. She has won a total of 48 major titles which includes 21 in singles and 27 in doubles. She has won 7 Paralympic gold medals throughout her career and was the world’s number-one women’s wheelchair singles from the year 1999 to the time of her retirement in 2013, February. Vergeer was completely undefeated in table tennis singles for straight 10 years and ended her career with a winning streak of 470 matches. She is given the title of the most dominant player in professional sports.