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FULL NAME: Deep Grace Ekka
BORN: 3rd June, 1994
GENDER: Female
FAMILY: Father (Charles Ekka), Mother (Jayamani Ekka).
HOME ADDRESS: Village- Lulkidihi, Block- Balisankra, District- Sundargarh, Odisha, India.
TYPE OF PLAYER:
Full back
HOME CLUB/ACADEMY: At the age of 13, she joined SAI-SAG Centre, Sundargarh in September, 2007.
RECEIVED COACHING FROM: Initially coached by Tej Kumar Xess (2005-06) but after joining the SAI-SAG centre in 2007 she is training under Lucela Ekka and Saroj Mohanty.


MAJOR ACHIEVEMENT:

NATIONAL:
*     Helped Orissa win the title in National School (U-17) Hockey Championship in 2009.
*     Helped Orissa finish runners-up in the hockey event of the Women’s National Sports Festival at Bhopal in 2010.
*     She was a member of the Orissa Orissa team that finished third in the inaugural Hockey India Senior National Championship at Sonepat in 2011.
*     Represented Orissa in the 34th National Games at Ranchi (Jharkhand) in 2011.
*     Selected by Hockey India to join the Senior National Women Coaching Camp to be held at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi from December 27 to February 15, 2011.

INTERNATIONAL:
*     She was part of the Indian team that lost in the quarterfinals of the 14th Women’s Hockey World Cup, held in London from July 21 to August 5, 2018.
*     She was part of the Indian women team that drew the five-match series against Spain, held in Madrid from June 12-18, 2018.
*     She was part of the Indian team that won the silver medal in the 5th Women Asian Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament, held at Donghae City, South Korea from May 13 to 20, 2018.
*     Achieved the milestone of completing 150 International Caps for the country in the Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games against Malaysia on April 6, 2018.
*     She was part of the Indian team that won the gold medal Women’s Hockey Asia Cup after a gap of 13 years at Kakamigahara city in Japan on Nov 5, 2017.
*     She was a member of the Indian women’s team that won one and lost three matches during their Europe Tour (Netherlands and Belgium) from Sept 8 to 18, 2017.
*     She was part of the Indian women’s team that lost a five-match test series 0-5 against New Zealand, held in New Zealand from May 14 to 20, 2017.
*     Completed her 100th international cap in India’s final group stage match against Australia on her 22nd birthday at the Four-Nation Women Tournament at Darwin in Australia on June 3, 2016.
*     She was a member of the India team that finished sixth in the Hawkes Bay Cup Women Hockey Festival, held at Hasting in New Zealand from April 2 to 10, 2016.
*     She was a member of Indian women hockey team that won five matches, drew one and lost two on its South Africa tour, which took place from Feb 20 to March 1, 2016.
*     She was also part of the Indian team that won the Asian Champions Trophy in 2016.
*     She was part of the Indian team that won the FIH World League Round 2 in New Delhi in 2015.
*     She was a member of the Indian women team that finished seventh in the Hawkes Bay Cup Tournament, held at Hastings in New Zealand from April 11 to 19, 2015.
*     She was a member of the Indian women hockey team that won the bronze medal in the 17th Asian Games at Incheon (South Korea) on October 1, 2014.
*     She was part of the Indian women team that finished fifth in the 20th Commonwealth Games, held in Glasgow from July 23 to August 3, 2014.
*     She was a member of the Indian team that won the women’s hockey test series 6-0 against Malaysia held at Kualalumpur from June 9 to 17, 2014.
*     She was part of the senior Indian team that won the silver medal in the Women’s Asian Champions Trophy in 2013.
*     She was part of the Indian team that won the bronze medal in the Women’s Hockey Asia Cup in 2013.
*     She was a part of the Indian team that made history by winning the bronze medal for the first time in Women`s Junior Hockey World Cup at Monchengladbach in Garmany on July 4, 2013.
*     Represented Indian senior women`s team in the FIH World League (Round 2) held at New Delhi from February 18 to 24, 2013.
*     Helped India win the bronze medal in the U-18 Girls` Asia Cup Hockey Championship at Bangkok (Thailand) in 2011.
*     Made her international debut in the Four-Nation Tournament in Argentina in 2011.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFO:
*     She was felicitated with Ekalabya Award citation and a cheque Rs 50,000 by IMPaCT at Xavier Institute of Management in Bhubaneswar on January 7, 2018.
*     Bagged the 24th Ekalavya Award second runner-up prize of Rs 50,000 in Bhubaneswar on November 2, 2016.
*     On August 29, 2016, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik felicitated her with a cheque of Rs 5 lakh for representing India in Rio Olympics 2016.
*     On July 26, 2016, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed Odisha Mining Corporation to provide her a special incentive of Rs 10 lakh for participation in Rio Olympic Games.
*     Odisha government on October 10, 2014 announced a cash award of Rs 75,000 lakh for Deep Grace for helping India win women`s bronze medal in the 17th Asian Games at Incheon.
*     Odisha Cricket Association on Oct 2, 2014 announced a cash award of Rs 10,000 for Deep Grace for helping India win the bronze medal in the 17th Asian Games at Incheon.
*     On August 11, 2014, Mahanadi Coalfields Limited felicitated with a cash award of Rs 1 lalkh for helping India win bronze medal in the 2013 Junior Women Hockey World Cup in Germany.

PROFILED FIRST UPLOADED: October 7, 2011
PROFILE LAST UPDATED: August 3, 2018


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