Mary D’Souza Sequeira is a pioneer Indian female Olympian who competed internationally in track and field and field hockey. She was part of the first Indian women track and field contingent to participate in the 1952 Olympics held in Helsinki, Finland.
The legendary sportswoman was conferred with Dhyan Chand Award in 2013, the highest award for lifetime achievement in sports, given by the Government of India.
Mary Dsouza from Aldona, Goa set a trail for other Indian women in the field of sports in India.
Mary Dsouza’s Achievements:
Won Bronze in the 200m and Silver in the 4x100m relay at the inaugural Asian Games in 1951 in New Delhi
Selected to represent India in Melbourne Olympics 1956 (did not go due to lack of funds)
Represented India for World Cup Hockey in London 1953, Australia 1956
Indian record holder from 1950-1957 in 100m , 200m and 80m Hurdles