The year keeps getting better on the personal front for Para shuttler Manasi Joshi.
While 2020 has been a setback for many athletes, Joshi has had one after another individual accolade head her way.
The latest feather in the Standing Lower (SL3) world champion’s cap is recognition by British public service broadcaster BBC, which has included Joshi in its 100 Women of 2020 list.
The annual list, which honours the most inspiring and influential women from around the world, this year fetes those who are leading change and making a difference during these pandemic-hit 12 months.
BBC in its write-up, rightly highlights that Joshi “aspires to drive a shift in how disability and Para-sports are perceived” in her native India.
“Don’t let the tough times get the better of you, keep exploring every possibility. Give yourself some time off every day,” was Joshi’s message to women published on BBC’s website.
Prior to this, the 31-year-old became the first Para athlete to be named a Next Generation Leader by the TIME magazine and also had a Barbie Doll modelled after her.
Joshi, who lost her left leg in a traffic accident, is now working towards qualifying to Tokyo 2020 next year, when badminton will make its Paralympic Games bow.