Adversity says who? – Meet Ms. Tasneem Fatima

The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances – Aristotle
Meet Ms. Tasneem Fatima, India’s finest woman wheelchair basketball player. She is also part of Vodafone Foundation’s much awaited ‘Women of Pure Wonder’, the 4th edition flagship book.

Barely 1.5 yrs. after her accident put her in a wheelchair and seven months since then Tasneem Fatima started the Delhi State Wheelchair Basketball Association. Fatima had never played any sport until her injury. Her brother Javed encouraged her, she took up wheelchair basketball.

‘Barely four months after my accident, I first came across wheelchair basketball at the Indian Spinal Injury Centre (in Delhi),’ says Fatima. Soon afterwards, the sister and brother duo started the Delhi State Wheelchair Basketball Association (DSWBA) to assist specially-abled

Blog 114 - Tasneem Fatima - 1.jpg
Let’s know more about her journey…

My journey has been amazing so far. Prior to my injury, I was living an ordinary life. However, after my injury, I have undergone a lot of ups & downs on the Wheelchair. Today, I am a woman of strong will power, working for the benefit of people with disabilities

Challenges – faced & learning’s…

There has been a lot of challenges and learnings during this period. However, the biggest challenge faced as a woman on a wheelchair is to encourage other women with disabilities to come out of their comfort zone and live their lives just like any other normal person, followed by the society that is judgemental towards them. At the same time, I learnt to boost the morale of others, by encouraging them to play Wheelchair Basketball or anything they are passionate about.

Goal for the next 5 years…

I would like to form a strong Women Team for Wheelchair Basketball and would prepare the team for Paralympics in the future by providing them with the best facilities available. Thus, further representing India and empowering women with disabilities would remain as my goal for the next 5 years.

Message to all the readers…

Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together. Have faith in your abilities and keep moving.


I am a part of the gang –  #Writeaholics. Please check out the posts of my Blogbuddies and spread some love –  Shinjini, Anindya, Saumy, Dixita, Menaka and Dr. Anshul


  1. She is such a inspiration to all women. Hats off to her. Amazing girl 👍👍👍👍👍

  2. Wow wow wow! What resilience and spirit! These are the kind of sport role models our kids need to see. They will learn so much about not just building endurance but building character. Truly inspiring.

  3. Amazingly inspiring! And the things we crib about! Really, you are an icon of faith and perseverance. My heartfelt wishes for the future.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: