Pune’s Shital Mahajan was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri award back in 2011 after she became world’s first woman to sky-dive from North and South Pole.
Intrigued by the rush, Shital was soon hooked and quickly learnt the basics of skydiving from him.
Women skydivers are almost negligible within the country and Shital wanted to break stereotypes associated with women in adventure sports.
Her parents were initially unconvinced of her dream as her family had never even travelled in an aircraft and jumping out of one seemed unfathomable.
Undeterred, she convinced her parents that it was her passion and after months of persuasion finally got them onboard.
She continued her passion and in 2006 performed the sky fall from both the South Pole and the North Pole, becoming the first woman in the world to do so.
Since then Shital had founded the Phoenix Skydiving Academy and now through her academy, aims to give back to her country by providing professional training in skydiving at a very nominal cost.
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