Maria Toorpakay Wazir is a professional squash player of Pakistan. She dressed like a boy for first 16 years of her life to take part and play in the competitive sports of Pakistan as Muslim girl because girls are not allowed to play in the area from which she belonged. The first tribal Pakistani female to play internationally made her extraordinary. Her highest and current ranking is 41.
She was born on 22nd November, 1990. Currently she is 27 as of 2017 and she is living in Toronto, Canada. She is not married currently.
Family and Career of Maria Toorpakay Wazir
Her parents have been supportive about her passion although they were from South Waziristan that is the tribal area of Pakistan and hence playing the significant role in her success. Her father’s name is Shamsul Qayum Wazir who is a teacher and respects women rights. Her sister Ayesha Gulalai is a politician working to empower women in the tribal areas.
Maria Toorpakay Wazir has beaten boys in weight lifting at the age of 12 years. After that she turned to squash and in order to provide her birth certificate she stopped pretending being a boy. She started playing as a professional in 2006 at the age of 16. She has also been threatened by Taliban’s and ended up locking herself in a house for 3 years. In 2009 she started playing again and came third in Women’s Squash Championship. She is ranked 56th as the female squash player around the globe in 2016 making Pakistan proud.
Maria Toorpakay Wazir’s Awards and Achievements
In 2007, the president of Pakistan Pervez Musharif honored her with Salaam Pakistan Award. In 2009 she won third place in World Junior Women’s Squash Championship. In 2012 she was awarded the first annual Voice of Hope from a Canadian, Laureen Harper.
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