By Odisha Story Bureau, New Delhi:
Reebok India’s 1st Fit To Fight Awards 2016
Deepa Malik and Geeta Tandon among others being felicitated in presence of Reebok India brand ambassador Kangana Ranaut
That evening was dedicated to women from different walks of life who made it possible to touch the sky despite all the odds. Reebok India’s 1st Fit To Fight Awards ceremony held here at Hyatt Hotel yesterday to celebrate and recognise the lady stars of India.
12 unsung women heroes received the awards in 3 different categories for exemplary determination.
First of the many awardees was Deepa Malik who fought her disability to become the first Indian woman to win a medal in Paralympic games. Another awardee in the physical category was Geeta Tondon, an woman who changed her destiny from marital rape victim to becoming the most coveted stunt woman in Bollywood.
Other awardees in Physical category were youngest open water swimmer Bhakti Sharma and world’s youngest Stott Pilates instructor Namrata Purohit.
In Social category 4 girls were awarded with Fit To Fight awards 2016. They are founder of The Education Tree Smruti Singhal, Youth Parliament’s founder Ishita Choudhary, famous blogger Malini Aggarwal and Kat-Katha’s founder Geetanjali Babbar.
In Mental Category brave single parent Zaaria Patni, chef Vijaylakshmi, ProEves founder Ketika Kapoor and Zivame founde Richa Kar received the awards.
Bollywood actress and brand ambassador of Reebok Kangana Ranaut inaugurated the ceremony and expressed her pleasure to be part of such an initiative award ceremony.
Sharing her excitement Kangana Ranaut said,
I have been immensely inspired by the stories of every woman present today. Scripted stories often tend to move us, but today every person has episodes as ‘real’ as it can get. And each is powerful enough to create a stir. I am happy to be associated with Reebok, who as a brand identify such harsh reality and celebrate the truth. This has inspired me beyond measure and I am proud to have played a part in this campaign. I hope these stories will give wings to many other women and help them come out of their shell.
Ms. Silvia Tallon, Senior Marketing Director, Reebok India, said,
I am proud to be associated with a brand that has given women a global platform to share their struggles. Through this campaign (Fit To Fight), not only have we founf these geroes but have also inspired millions of women to come out and face their battles head-on.
Singer Anusha Manchanda and dance group Ability Unlimited also performed live during the awards.