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Shital Mahajan.

Shital Mahajan

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Shital Mahajan
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Born 19 September 1982
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Sportsperson
Years active since 2004
Spouse(s) Vaibhav Rane
Children Two sons
Parent(s) Kamalakar Mahajan
Mamta Mahajan
Awards Padma Shri
Tensing Norgay Award
Godavary Gaurav Puraskar
Shiv Chatrapati Maharashtra State Sports Special Award
Venutai Chavan Yuva Puraskar
Website Official web site
Shital Mahajan Rane, is an Indian extreme sportsperson, skydiver and the holder of eight world records in the sport.[1] She is known as the first woman to perform an accelerated free fall jump over the Antarctica from 10,000 feet, the youngest woman to jump over both the North and South Poles,[2] and the first woman jumper to perform it without trials.[3] The Government of India honored Mahajan in 2011, with the fourth highest civilian award of Padma Shri.[4]



I wanted to do something different. Many women players have performed well in other sports, but none in para jumping. My achievement will inspire other girls to take up the sport, says Shital Mahajan.[5]
Shital Mahajan was born on 19 September 1982 at Pune in the Western Indian state of Maharashtra[6] to Mamta Mahajan and Kamalakar Mahajan, an engineer working with Tata Motors.[7][8] Her education was at the Fergusson College, Pune from where she graduated (BSc) in geology.[9][10] Inspired by the feats of a friend's brother, she took a fascination for para jumping[10] and tried to get training at Indian Navy facilities but was refused entry by the authorities. However, with the assistance of the then Indian president, APJ Abdul Kalam,[9] she joined the National Defence Academy for training in skydiving and para jumping.[11][better source needed] Her first jump was on 14 April 2004 after which she is reported to have achieved 652 jumps.[6][1][11]
Shital is married to Vaibhav Rane, a software engineer working in Finland. The solemnization of the marriage was performed on a hot air balloon, 600 feet above ground, on 19 April 2008,[12][10] a feat which has been recorded in the Limca Book of World Records. The couple has twin sons.[13]
Shital Mahajan is the founder of Phoenix Skydiving Academy, a skydiving training centre based in Pune.[14] The academy, established in 2012, provides training facilities for aspiring students and prepares students for skydiving competitions around the world.[15]


Shital Mahajan is the first woman to perform a free fall jump over the South Pole, which was completed on 15 December 2006. She also became the first woman to perform successful jumps over the North and South Poles, without trials,[12] when she completed her jump over the South Pole.[9] The attempt also made her the youngest woman to achieve the feat at the age of 24.[16] The first Indian woman to perform a wing suit jump, Mahajan is a US certified A, B, C and D skydiver and trainer[1] and is the first Indian civilian woman diving coach.[6]
Mahajan was a part of the team that created a world record as the first team to perform free fall parachute jump over Antarctica.[1] She has also led a team of 85 Indian skydivers to achieve a record for maximum tandem jumps in an hour, the jumps performed on 25 August 2014 at Spain.[1] Her jump from 13000 feet performed on 19 April 2009 is also a record for the height in women's category.[11] She is also credited with a free fall jump from a hot air ballon at 5800 feet[11] and a jump at 24000 feet.[9]

Awards and recognitions

Shital Mahajan was awarded Godavary Gaurav Puraskar in 2005.[7] The same year, she received the Shiv Chatrapati Maharashtra State Sports Special Award[10] which was followed by the Venutai Chavan Yuva Puraskar.[7] In 2004, after her successful jump over the North Pole in 2004, Mahajan was awarded the Tensing Norgay Award,[10][12] making her the first civilian to receive the award.[9] In 2001, Mahajan was included the list for Republic Day honours for the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri.[4]

See also


  • "Mid Day". Mid Day. 6 September 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014.

    1. superwoman sets new record "Sakal Times" Check |url= scheme (help). Sakal Times. 29 October 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2014.

    External links

  • "One India". One India. December 20, 2006. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  • "Times Content". Times of India. December 29, 2006. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  • "Padma Shri" (PDF). Padma Shri. 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
  • "DNA India". DNA India. 26 January 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  • "Limca Book of World Records". Limca Book of World Records. 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  • "Woodland". Woodland. 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  • "DNA 1". DNA India. 26 December 2005. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  • "Tribune India". Tribune India. January 20, 2007. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  • "NRI Internet". NRI Internet. December 9, 2006. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  • "Marathi Wikipedia". Marathi Wikipedia. 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  • "IBN LIve". IBN LIve. April 19, 2008. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  • "Xtreme Sport 4U". Xtreme Sport 4U. 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  • "Phoenix". Phoenix. 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  • "Phoenix about". Phoenix. 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
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