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.
Courage is born whn one is left wth no choice.Women hve got the courage now.Those who abuse,harass & attack women r… https://t.co/f7LJwfOE48
by @MariaToorpakai - yesterday
Courage is born whn one is left wth no choice.Women hv got the courage now.Those who abuse,harass & attack women r shame to Islam & humanity
Proud of @wazir_gulalai standing up fr Pak women giving them strength to speak https://t.co/hql7kdoosl compromise o… https://t.co/cl8nNlS6vq
Episode 35 @HearHerSports. Speaking abt #sports, @wazir_gulalai #family #faith #Pakistan #foundation #Hollywood… https://t.co/lpuSeAUxzQ
by @MariaToorpakai - 2 days ago