Born in a Pashtun family in 1990 in South Waziristan, a tribal region bordering Afghanistan, Maria is currently ranked 54th in the world, and is Pakistan No. 1. The only way Maria could play sport as a woman was to disguise herself as a boy. When her gender was revealed in order for her to train professionally in squash, Maria and her family received death and kidnap threats as her actions were perceived as 'un-Islamic.' The Pakistani national squash federation provided security for her home and training venue, however Maria decided it was a safer option to seek an opportunity to train internationally.Maria lives and trains in Toronto, Canada, under former professional squash player Jonathon Power.
We move for peace...Do You? @peaceandsport . @girlunboundfilm #gameonforpeace #squashthegap https://t.co/DfZKdgVL4s
by @MariaToorpakai - 8 hours ago
We move for peace...Do You? @peaceandsport . @girlunboundfilm #gameonforpeace #squashthegap https://t.co/XopMcP7RDW
When played beach rugby for the first time during @peaceandsport forum 2016, Monaco. fun :) @girlunboundfilm https://t.co/bOi10YHJHr
by @MariaToorpakai - 17 hours ago
Be Part of What Matters ! #championforpeace
#GameonforPeace @girlunboundfilm https://t.co/tczZv5XiZM
by @MariaToorpakai - yesterday
Some greatest moments of the @peaceandsport International Forum 2016, Monaco ! #GameonforPeace https://t.co/M1GT2mvyGL
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