Sonalben Patel Biography, Age, Partner, Family, wiki & More

Sonalben Patel

Sonalben Patel is an Indian para table tennis player who has participated in several national and international championships. In August 2022, Sonalben came to the limelight after winning a bronze medal in table tennis at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, the United Kingdom.

Sonalben Patel Biography/wiki

Sonalben Manubhai Patel was born on Tuesday, 15 September 1987 (age 35 years; as of 2020) in Viramgam, Gujarat, India. After completing her schooling at Geeta Higher Secondary School in Gujarat, she pursued a course in ITI at the Blind People’s Association (BPA).

Physical Appearance Sonalben Patel

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Dark Brown

Sonalben Patel holding her medal

Sonalben Patel Family Details

Sonalben Patel belongs to a Gujarati family.

Parents

Her father’s name is Manubhai Patel. Her mother’s name is Labhuben Patel.

Sonalben Patel with her parents

Sonalben Patel with her parents

Partner

Her partner, Ramesh Chaudhary, is a para-athlete.

Ramesh Chaudhary, partner of Sonalben Patel

Ramesh Chaudhary, partner of Sonalben Patel

Career of Sonalben Patel

According to Sonalben Patel, her journey in table tennis began when Tejalben Lakhia, the director of the Blind People’s Academy (BPA), motivated her to pursue a profession in table tennis. While giving an interview, Sonalben said,

I would gaze for hours at those playing table tennis, I now laugh that it was the superintendent of the ITI department, Tejalben Lakhia who had motivated me to play and pursue a profession in table tennis. After which I started practising for hours at once.”

Her professional profession in table tennis began in 2008, and since then, she has participated in more than twenty-five regional, national, and international tournaments. As of August 2022, Sonalben Patel has clinched more than three gold medals, four silver medals, and six bronze medals. In 2021, Sonalben Patel was selected by the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, where Lee Mi-gyu, a South Korean table tennis player, defeated Sonalben Patel. While giving an interview, she said,

I could not win a medal in the Olympics. But I am proud to have represented my country there. It is a big deal to be selected for the Olympics.”

Sonalben Patel at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics

Sonalben Patel at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics

In March 2022, Sonalben Patel participated in the ITTF Fa40 Egypt Open, where she won two gold medals and a bronze medal.

Sonalben Patel (right) showing her medals at the ITTF Fa40 Egypt Para Open

Sonalben Patel (right) showing her medals at the ITTF Fa40 Egypt Para Open

Sonalben Patel, in 2022, took part in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, where she clinched a bronze medal in the women’s singles event by defeating Sue Bailey, a paddler from the United Kingdom, by a margin of 3-0. In an interview, Sonalben Patel said,

I am very happy as it is my first medal in singles at the Commonwealth Games. I am very happy. I want to dedicate this medal to my partner, family, coach and all of the countrymen. I had also not won a medal at Tokyo Paralympics 2020 and this stayed on my mind. When I was selected for the CWG, I wanted to win a medal.”

 

Sonalben Patel playing a match at the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Sonalben Patel at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, after winning a bronze medal in table tennis

Sonalben Patel at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, after winning a bronze medal in table tennis

Awards of Sonalben Patel

In 2014, the Government of Karnataka awarded the Eklavya Award to Sonalben Patel.

Sonalben Patel being awarded the Eklavya Award in Karnataka

Sonalben Patel being awarded the Eklavya Award in Karnataka

Facts/Trivia About Sonalben Patel

  • While giving an interview, Sonalben Patel claimed that when she was just six months old, polio affected her legs and right hand leading to 90% disability.
  • According to Sonalben Patel, she wanted to pursue a profession in teaching, but she faced rejection in the interviews because of her disabilities. While giving an interview, she claimed,

    I was rejected and was denied to become a teacher, all because of my handicap-ness, which was cited as the reason for my rejection.”

  • Sonalben Patel claims that she had no intentions of pursuing a professional profession in table tennis, and it was her partner who motivated her to make a profession in the sport. While giving an interview, Sonalben claimed,

    I was only planning to pursue table tennis as a hobby. But it was my partner who mentored me, taught me more about the sport, and motivated me enough to change my mind. After which I took up the sport and pursued it professionally.”

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