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The Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation (#GNSPF) unveiled its ambitious plan, ‘The Project #Leap’, to train and turn 20 young and talented shooters from different parts of the country into international #champions.Founded and driven by Khel Ratna Awardee and #Olympic medallist Gagan Narang, the selected shooters will be mentored by top international coaches and will receive training at state of the art facilities including sports science support for a full year so that they become the new shooting stars of the country.“We identified 55 prospective shooters and put them through an elaborate evaluation process to select the 20 best ones among them, ” Padmashri Gagan Narang explained. “We looked for various skill-sets that are required for sustained high-level performances in world-level competitions, ” he added.Project Leap is a multi-phased research designed to not only train and mentor selected shooters but also to generally improve the performances of Indian shooters. #Gagan’s #GunForGlory academies identified the 55 shooters and he personally supervised each centre’s selection process to handpick the best prospects. The project is part of the Gagan Narang mentoring programme with #Vision2024, 10 medals shooting India.“It has taken us a couple of years to bring together all stakeholders and find the right ingredients for Project leap. It is now in its truest sense a leap for Indian Shooting. We are confident that we will be able to tap and nurture the vast talent in our country and will help in their transforming them into world class shooters, ” Gagan Narang said.Former Indian shooting coach and director of #GNSPF Pawan Singh expressed delight at the launch of the programme and believes that it will usher in a new leaf in the history of the sport in India.“The selected shooters will undergo specialized training programmes in their respective #GunForGlory academies. They will be provided with international standard equipment for daily practice. Through the year, the youngsters will attend different camps as well, with each camp lasting 12 days, in which equal weightage will be given to mental and physical preparation and technical refinement, ” Shri Pawan Singh said. #GNSPF has been working relentlessly since its inception in 2011 and has already churned out a few champions, including Pooja Ghatkar, Mahima Turhi Aggarwal, Apurvi Chandela, Heena Sidhu and Rahi Sarnobat who have trained at the Academy. It has its Gun For Glory shooting academies in Pune, Jabalpur, Mumbai, Bhubaneshwar, Ahmedabad and Secunderabad to name a few and not only offers the right platform for upcoming shooters but also fund them in their development process.
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Pune, Jun 22 (PTI) The Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation (GNSPF) today announced its "The Project Leap" plan to train and turn 20 young and talented shooters from different parts of the country into international champions.The selected shooters would be mentored by top international coaches and receive training at state-of-the-art facilities, including sports science support, for a full year, said a media release from the academy founded by the Khel Ratna Awardee and London Olympics bronze medal winner."We identified 55 prospective shooters and put them through an elaborate evaluation process to select the 20 best ones among them, " explained the ace rifle shooter."We looked for various skill-sets that are required for sustained high-level performances in world-level competitions, " he added.Narang's Gun For Glory academies identified the 55 shooters and he personally supervised each centre s selection process to hand-pick the best prospects, the release said, adding that the project is part of the Gagan Narang mentoring programme with Vision 2024."It has taken us a couple of years to bring together all stakeholders and find the right ingredients for project leap.It is now in its truest sense a leap for Indian shooting. We are confident that we will be able to tap and nurture the vast talent in our country and will help in transforming them into world class shooters, " said the 34-year-old shooter who was nicknamed "Goldfinger" in the 2006 Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne, Australia.Former Indian shooting coach and director of GNSPF, Pawan Singh said that it will usher in a new leaf in the history of the sport in India."The selected shooters will undergo specialised training programmes in their respective Gun For Glory academies. They will be provided with international standard equipment for daily practice, " Pawan said."Through the year, the youngsters will attend different camps as well, with each camp lasting 12 days, in which equal weightage will be given to mental and physical preparation and technical refinement, " he added.
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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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Jabalpur emerges overall champion in Gun for Glory Air Weapon Shooting C’shipProving its excellence, Jabalpur team bagged the overall championship of 4th state-level Gun for Glory Air Weapon Shooting Championship. The championship was organised under the auspices of Madhya Pradesh State Rifle Association.Players of Jabalpur team exhibited superb targeting performance and clinched 38 of total 63 medals in the competition. On the basis of their performance a total of 27 players have secured their berths to participate in forthcoming pre-national competitions. Chief guest on the occasion was Arjun Award recipient, Madhu Yadav while Madhya Pradesh Olympic Association, Secretary, Digvijay Singh and Bhartiya Janata Party, Backward Cell, vice-president, Surendra Singh Rathore were special guests.It may be noted that Gun for Glory Shooting Academy hosted fourth state-level competition and its shooters qualified for pre-national, national and Indian team trials and participated in Asian and World Shooting Competitions.Gun for Glory, Director, Prashant Jain and Coach, Nishant Nathvani informed that the competitions were organised in special presence of Madhya Pradesh State Rifle Association, vice-president, DK Shukla and general secretary, Rakesh Shukla. More than 180 boy and girl players representing different district teams participated in their respective categories.In the championship, Jabalpur team won 11 gold, 13 silver and 14 bronze medals. In Rifle Shooting competition, Ramayani Baghel bagged gold medals while Abhinesh Agrawal, Isha Gupta, Ankit Patel, Shivam Toriya and Shakti Chakrawarty won single gold medals each while Anurag Chouhan and Shivangi Tomar won two – two silver medals, Prasanna Kumar, Harsha Chouhan, Yutika Tiwari and Kushal Singh Bhadoria secured single silver medals each.Piyush Patel, Anurag Singh Chouhan, Isha Gupta, Swati Vishwakarma, Mradul Pandey, Ankit Patel, Rashi Pandey, Muskan Sahu, Vipul Singh Thakur and Yash Jain secured single bronze medals.In Pistol Shooting, Dharmesh Shrivastava, Anuj Ratanprabha, Shrusti Patil and Yash Agrawal won gold medals while Meghna Malik won two silver, Siddhi Rathi, Viplav Kothari and Hritik Tiwari won silver medals. Ankit Raj Chandrol, Anjali Vigh, Ashutosh Richaria and Devansh Nandvani secured bronze medals.
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Do you know that one of India’s premier shooting championships, All India GV Mavlankar Shooting Championship, actually started in the city in 1960? Though Ahmedabad’s brush with shooting goes back to more than half-acentury, it is quite surprising that the city is yet to see a top class shooter in recent times. While young Rushiraj Barot holds a promise for the future in pistol shooting, 18-year-old rifle shooter Elavenil Valanival emerged as one of the stars to look for the future. The first year Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) student of Bhavan’s Arts and Commerce College is already a part of the Indian junior team and has already picked a team bronze medal.The game changerHowever, for someone who started shooting just to try a hand at it, the biggest moment came when she was picked for the ambitious Project Leap – an initiative by London Olympics bronze medallist Gagan Narang to identify next generation shooters. “I think that was the big game changer for me, ” the youngster told Mirrorwhile talking about Narang’s initiative. “Through the initiative, I was introduced into professional training. There are lot of things I didn’t know of and became aware of, ” she explained, adding, “And as my results improved, my interest too increased.”From athletics to shootingTaking about her initiation into the game, Elavenil said, “Actually, it has been three years that I started shooting.” Understanding the astonishment, the youngster said, “I was into athletics. Then I was persuaded by friends to try out shooting.” “The Foundation (Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation) had just launched its programme at our school (Sanskar Dham). It turned out I was good at it and got hooked, ” she added. “The more I started to take part in the tournaments, the more confident I became. And the more confident I got, I started to get better results, ” she said.Among the eliteWhile she divided her time between Pune, Delhi (while training with personal coach Neha Chauhan) and Ahmedabad, Elavenil’s consistent performances at national and international levels saw her move into the elite programme that aimed to nurture the brightest of young talent and monitor their progress on a yearly basis. Talking about her stint with Slovakian Anton Balek, Elavenil said, “Among the several positives, I have been able to work on my swaying tendency in the camo. Identifying this minor issue and rectifying it has not only helped me to shoot confidently, it has also added consistency to my sport.” “As shooting needs both mental and physical improvements, the stint during the camp helped me work on both, ” she added.Need better infrastructureWhile Elavenil is gunning for glory, she just had one problem. “There are many challenges for ashooter. We need good rifles and continuous supply of rounds for our training. But there is one thing that definitely requires immediate attention and it is infrastructure, ” she said, adding, “The Rifle Club is the best in the city, but it is nowhere near being world class.”
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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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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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