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Narang takes big leap in honing budding shooters2012 London Olympics bronze medallist Gagan Narang is already credited with nurturing talented shooters like Heena Sidhu, Apurvi Chandela and Rahi Sarnobat, who all trained at his ‘Gun for Glory’ shooting academies for years. For rising stars like Pooja Ghatkar, Mahima and Turhi Agarwal, the 10m air rifle shooter is perfectly playing the role of a mentor. Always ready to give back to the sport, which gave him all the name and fame, the 34-year-old Narang is ready with another ambitious programme — Project Leap — to produce future Olympics champions.He spoke to The Tribune about the project:Excerpts:Tell us about the programme? Project Leap is about identifying young and talented shooters and train them into medal-winning prospects at the international championships, including Olympics. For the first year, we have begun by selecting 23 out of the 57 shortlisted shooters. The shooters went through a trial, where they were asked to showcase their scientific, physical, meta-cognitive and technical skills. Out of the chosen ones, Mahima and Elanevil are already part of the junior national team. The selected shooters will attend a fully-funded Elite Junior Excellence Camp at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune and will be trained by world-renowned coaches Anton Belak (Slovakia) and Kim Seonil (Korea).How does the programme work?The methodology is to organise five camps of 12 days each over a period of one year. It’s about getting 60 days of elite coaching from foreign experts. We have divided the age groups in five categories — 10-12, 12-14, 14-16, 16-18 and 18-20. There will be a dedicated team of professionals to monitor a shooter’s scores, basics and technical skills. When theses shooters get selected for the Indian team, they don’t have to start from the scratch. The coaches at the junior national camps would only be required to finetune their skills. If we are targeting a medal at the 2020 or 2024 Olympics, we have to start from the grassroots level. …but what after 60 days of training?These shooters would return to the Gun for Glory regional academies. Their progress would be monitored by the academy coaches, who have already been trained by foreign coaches. It’s about ensuring that the training imparted to these shooters remains in sync with the programme. The shooters would then be encouraged to participate in domestic competitions to break into the national team.What about your own plans for next year’s CWG and Asian Games?I have just made a comeback into the national team in the 10m air rifle event. At the moment, I am focussing on air rifle and 50m rifle prone events. Prone would, of course, go out of the 2020 Olympic programme. But, it would remain there until the World Championships next year. So, for the CWG, Asian Games and World Championships, I would compete in the air rifle and 50m prone. After the Worlds, I will start focussing on 50m rifle 3-positions.
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Shreya, Swaroop win medals at KSS Memorial Shooting ChampionshipGun for Glory shooters Shreya Agrawal and Swaroop Unhalkar (para-shooter) returned with individual medals in their respective category in the ongoing XVII Kumar Surendra Singh (KSS) Memorial Shooting Championship at the Karni Singh Shooting Range here on Sunday.Shreya, who is already in Indian junior national squad, proved her prowess and continued her ascent to the top. The MP shooter, who is based out of GFG’s Jabalpur campus, returned with an impressive total of 247.7 to win the top honours in the youth category in the 10m Air Rifle competition. She then continued her form into the junior category as well, shooting a total 249 to finish behind Mehuli Ghosh and winning silver medal.“We would like to congratulate both the shooters for this wonderful feat and their achievements that goes on to underline the quality training that GFG puts them through. It also shows the progress that each of these shooters have made and I am extremely happy to witness the way their career is shaping. And who knows, they are not far for becoming champion shooters, who could very well go on to win many more medals and make the country proud, ” ace Indian shooter and founder director of GFG Gagan Narang said.Swaroop who trains at the GFG centre in Pune shot a total of 609.1 to finish just a point adrift of Vhora Adambhai, who shot 610.3, to end second on the podium in the 10m Air Rifle category (Para-Shooting Standing). The Kolhapur shooter is part of the GFG’s ambitious Vission 2024 ‘Project Leap’ and has already represented India in the World Shooting Para Sport, in Ail Ain earlier this year.A total of 32 GFG shooters are taking part in the KSS Championship in the Air Rifle and Pistol category, six of them being part of the ambitious grassroots excellence programme – Project Leap.
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Esha leads Telangana shooters’ sterling showShe may be just 12 years old but Esha Singh proved that age is just a number by bagging five medals at the 9th South Zone Shooting Championship in Chennai recently.Esha, who is part of the Project Leap, eclipsed the other medal winners by her gritty performance in the championship. Esha participated in five categories – women’s 10m pistol, junior 10m pistol, youth 10m pistol, women 25m sports pistol and junior25m sports pistol – and proved her worth in all the events. She ended up with five medals – two gold, two silver and a bronze to stamp her authority.t turned out to be a great outing for the Telangana shooters, who are part of the Gun for Glory Shooting Academy, as they clinched 13 medals in the championship. In all 22 shooters from the Telangana centres of the Gun for Glory Shooting Academy qualified for the National Championship but Anurag Gautham, Mahendra Reddy, Swargamn Sathvik, Ushabala Yaramsetti, Esha Singh, K Adithya and A Supritya overshadowed the others with their brilliant performances in their respective disciplines.“We would like to congratulate all the shooters on this astounding feat which underlines the training received at the GFG academies all over the country. I hope they can carry the momentum forward to become champion shooters in the future and bring laurels for the country someday, ” Gagan Narang said while congratulating the shooters.Project Leap, which is an initiative by the Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation, is a research training program designed to improve the standards of Indian shooting with modern techniques and sustain high level performances and thereby pave the way forward for the aspiring shooters.GNSPF also has a track record of churning out champions like Rahni Sarhobat and Heena Sidhu in the last few years. Shooters like Esha and Mahima Turhi Aggarwal have come up the ranks at a tender age and with the current infrastructure and training methods available at the academy, things are looking rosy for the future of shooting in the country.
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Recognition boost for Gagan Narang’s catch ’em young projectLondon Olympics bronze medallist Gagan Narang has been doing grassroot work for budding shooters for some time. In partnership with various state governments, his organisation — Gagan Narang Sports Promotion foundation — has opened 17 ‘Gun for Glory’ (GFG) shooting academies, to train youngsters.For outstanding work in mentoring and coaching, it was honoured by Tata Institute of Social Sciences at the TISS Leapvault CLO awards on Friday. In a chat with Express, the veteran shooter talked about his own and the foundation’s plans. It was soon after his stupendous performance at the 2010 CWG in Delhi, where he grabbed four gold medals, that he decided to start a sports promotion foundation. “After CWG, a lot of parents would approach me seeking guidance for their kids. To address the issue, I thought of starting the foundation.It was a way of giving back to the game, which has given me so much in life and the foundation started in 2011, ” the 34-year-old said on Saturday. Narang considers making the sport accessible his foundation’s biggest success. “Shooting is expensive. A gun costs anywhere between Rs 2.5-3 lakh. There is an entry-level barrier even for talented people. We provide trainees everything, from guns to jackets at a fee of Rs 5, 500. To remove the cost barrier is the best feeling, ” said Narang, who is preparing for the upcoming Commonwealth Shooting Championship and Asian Air Gun Championship.The 17 GFG academies have trained about 3, 500 students till now. “German gun manufacturer, Walther, has helped by providing guns free of cost.” Around two months ago, a new initiative — Project Leap — was started to identify next generation shooters who could be medal prospects at international events. Under the watchful eyes of Narang, 23 shooters from different parts of the country were selected after selection trials involving physical and technical skills.“These shooters will be fully funded. The total cost is estimated to be around Rs 1.2 crore, ” Narang noted. Asked who the future stars from the GFG academies could be, he said, “Youngsters like Mahima (Agarwal), Shreya (Agarwal) and Elavenil are already a part of the junior Indian team.” Shreya won silver at the recently concluded KSS Memorial Shooting Championship. What’s next? “We already have two academies here. A third one, in association with Sports Authority of Telangana State (SATS), named SATS-GFG Shooting Academy will be launched soon, ” Narang revealed.
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