Hailing from Uttar Pradesh, Arunima is the first female amputee who climbed Mount Everest, in 2013.
A former national-level football and volleyball player, Arunima lost her leg in a tragic train accident in 2011 when she was travelling to take the CISF examination. Media turned her story in national news, and the public imagination reduced her to either a victim or an attempted suicide case. To reclaim her voice, she decided to climb the tallest mountain in the world. After 18 months of rigorous training at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, she went on to set the record.
Arunima now runs an NGO called Chandrashekhar Azad Khel Academy to mentor underprivileged handicapped children.