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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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GUN FOR GLORY: The World Class Shooting InfrastructureEvery GFG shooter will therefore have access to the full spectrum of training in the best environment.The Gun for Glory shooting Academy is housed in the Commonwealth Youth Games village at Balewadi in Pune. It has 10m, 25m and 50m Sius Ascor ranges and 10m manual pulleys. Gun for Glory is a global shooting academy, bringing to India a standard higher than ever before. It has few of the best coaches in World shooting today and a gunsmith to make customized grips. For India, it represents a new opportunity to produce world-beaters, from the large pool of talent available.The Balewadi Sports Complex also offers cutting-edge gyms and equipment, swimming pool, tracks, a Sports Science Centre and more. Every GFG shooter will therefore have access to the full spectrum of training in the best environment.Shooting InfrastructureOur Infrastructure has a state-of-the-art sports complex It’s built for everyone, and we always trying to simplify our training sessions.GYMWe truly care about our shooters and their fitness. Our fitness trainer support and help shooters to stay fit and fineRace TrackWe offers cutting-edge gyms and equipment, and more.amazingly cool environment with the tools we provide.Key Features Customized training program for world-class performanceInternationally renowned foreign coaches and gunsmithState of the art SIUS ASCOR electronic shooting rangesWorld class equipment, with Ammunition and pellet testingYoga, stress management and mind trainingSports injury and rehab management teamPhysiotherapists and dieticianExpert analysis including Scatt shooter training system and video analyzer, empowering distance trainingTraining the Trainer:Gun for Glory will also offer course modules for individuals aspiring to become coaches, as well as advanced training for existing coaches. Incorporating the latest techniques, our aim is to devise specialized programs that will churn out coaches of world standard, helping to put the country on the road to self-reliance in this field.
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