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.
23rd March.. Pakistan Resolution Day . Let's aim towards a better Pakistan ! @girlunboundfilm @peaceandsport... https://t.co/GB4UQj5vTf
by @MariaToorpakai - yesterday
23rd March.. Pakistan Resolution Day . Let's aim towards a better Pakistan !@girlunboundfilm #PakistanResolutionDay https://t.co/0LpyMIihBa
Heartbreaking to hear about London attack today. 2 days ago I was there...beautiful city & lovely people. Heard... https://t.co/HUCRJYaKqL
by @MariaToorpakai - 2 days ago
https://t.co/mWvCF7i2P8 . My lecture at the USC.The 2017 Mary Baskin Waters lecture series.@girlunboundfilm @peaceandsport @UN @unwomen_pak
https://t.co/mWvCF7i2P8 . My lecture at the University of South Carolina on March 21. https://t.co/HICBlB2otQ
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