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.
An article & video about my recent visit to Lancaster Country Day School, PA. I had a great time talking to all... https://t.co/zDUcsA28Oa
by @MariaToorpakai - 12 days ago
RT @AgnesIrwin: @MariaToorpakai Thank you for visiting and sharing your incredible story with us! We had a blast!
RT @CAG_Director: You are such an inspiration, @MariaToorpakai Our girls loved spending time w/ you! https://t.co/QVv1I3Fljt
Met with the Upper School squash players @AgnesIrwin school today. Played some great squash,talked about injuries… https://t.co/uN2xAoO8ss
by @MariaToorpakai - 13 days ago
4th grade PE class @AgnesIrwin school.These adorable kids had a lot of curiosity.Asked me a lot of Q . #Hope&Future… https://t.co/SdF02FGgbw
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