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Learning from the Masters: How to Get Your Child Started With Shooting.Shooting should be introduced in the school curriculum, says Olympian Gagan Narang, who is also mentoring junior shooters to reach new heights.In his 20th year in the sport, ace shooting champion Gagan Narang is still going strong and gearing up for the Tokyo Olympics. Having made his country proud by winning a bronze medal at the 10m air rifle event at the 2012 London Olympics, Narang went on to triumph at the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow with a silver and bronze medal each. His shooting academy, Gun for Glory is considered among the best training centres in India, across different sports. The champion has been helping young shooters to perfect their sport. He spoke to ParentCircle to share his views on children taking up competitive shooting.Q. Shooting is still a very niche sport in India and needs a lot of support. What can be done to popularise it? A. I think shooting needs to find a place in the school curriculum, just like chess. It builds concentration, endurance and stamina. For the sport to grow, the teens and the tweens need to be exposed to it. Once they pick up their rifles/pistols, parents should take the initiative to help them learn and actively participate in the sport. In the beginning it is a good thing if they are exposed to as many sports as possible, so that they can pick from a reasonable range.Q. How can we get more children to be interested in this sport? A. Shut out their iPads and smartphones and get them to the playground. Parents play an active role in that. Electronic de-addiction is very important for today’s generation. Internet is a huge magnet and a distraction at the same time. Unless the time is divided between internet, studies and sports, they won’t manage to channelise their energies into active sports.Q. What are the prerequisites for a child to learn shooting?A. There are no prerequisites really. For any child to learn a sport, he/she has to be interested in it. It all starts with the interest and then the ‘intent’ to do well. Once you have both the ‘I’s in place, there is no looking back.Q. What is the right age for a child to take up shooting? A. I would imagine around 11 years onwards. It is very easy to get the child into correct posture, help develop focus, concentration and then prepare his/her body for the rigours of the sport. The challenge is to prevent him from early specialisation.Q. What role can parents play in supporting the children through their journey? A. Parents really need to be the support cast. They need to realise how much is too much. They should not be doing too much or too little. There are some parents who push children very hard because they want to get instant results, which is not possible in sports. Everything is a process. At times, that ends up in injuring the child. So parents really need to understand the weight of the situation and act accordingly.Q. What are the biggest challenges that one might face in shooting?A. There are several challenges on the road to becoming a professional shooter. Firstly, he/she has to find a mentor and coaches who would give right direction; get the right equipment, get the right programmes, funding and then finally shooting good enough scores to make the national team. There are several stages to it.Q. What are the facilities needed in the country for making shooting more accessible as a sport to aspiring kids? A. One needs a range, accessibility to equipment and coaches. It is not impossible to get that in today’s India but is not easy either. Shooting isn’t a club sports so one has to either get to the ranges or contact the federation for the nearest facility.8. What are the training facilities available? There are several facilities across the country. Gun for Glory has as many as over 15 centres across India. Besides that there are private facilities run by other shooters. The shooting federation too is helpful when individuals approach them.Q. How can children be kept motivated, as the sport needs a lot of practice and precision?A. In the beginning it is the parents and the coaches’ job to keep the kids motivated. And the only motivation should be to win an Olympic medal. Once the kid is into the sport, then he/she is able to motivate himself or herself. There is no need for external factors. Q. Shooting is a precision sport. What kind of life skills does it enhance?A. It makes one a complete individual. You learn professionalism, managing self, discipline, precision. All of these have a huge impact in one’s life because they are essential life skills.Q. You are a true champion. What has been your biggest moment?A. My biggest moment in the sport was the bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012. But shooting 600/600 twice in competition was no less satisfying.Q. You won the bronze at London 2012. Great great feat. But, you also missed the gold by just 1 point. Did you miss it badly? How did you recover from so-near-yet-so-far experience?A. It was very sad to miss out on the gold at London. But a lot of pressure had built up going into the London Olympics and I just had one mission- to win a medal. So it was like the monkey off my back when I won the bronze. However, the one gut wrenching moment was 2008 Beijing Olympics when I missed reaching the finals on countback. That served as the springboard to my successes in the next four years.Q. You had once said that your parents had sold their plot to buy you the gun. Can you elaborate on that story? Does shooting need plenty of sacrifice from parents?A. My dad and mum did sacrifice a lot. I came from a middle class background with working class parents. They went beyond their limits in order to support me and a sport that was a very expensive proposition 20 years ago. Right now, a lot of it is available through programmes at the shooting academies. The reason I wanted to start GFG was to give back to the system – to help children with the facilities I did not have while growing up.Q. Often in shooting, it is seen that the difference between the top place and the tenth place is hardly a point or two. How important is mental strength and should that be a focus area from a very young age for children?A. To be mentally tough is critically important in any sport – more so in shooting. One will get several roadblocks on the road to glory, that is why, it is very important to form strategies and find ways to deal with it. In fact, by winning over those key moments of adversity, brings out the best in athletes.Q. What are the nutritional requirements for a shooter, say at the age of 10? What should the child do to gain stamina? A. Its too early to get so deep into the subject..Keep things simple and as they are initially. Let the child’s mind evolve on its own. Nutrition is important and early detection of food allergies helps in the long run.Q. What’s your message to all the readers of ParentCircle, India’s fastest growing web and mobile platform in the space of parenting?A.Please be patient and give the child, the right guidance.Hitting the Bull’s Eye – Quotable quotes from Gagan“It all starts with the interest and then the ‘intent’ to do well.”“Parents really need to be the support cast. They need to realise how much is too much.”“Shooting makes one a complete individual. You learn professionalism, managing self, discipline, precision.”“One will get several roadblocks on the road to glory. Winning over those key moments of adversity, brings out the best in athletes.”Hall of FameBronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics (10m Air Rifle event)4 gold medals each at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth GamesPrestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2010Shattered the world record at the 2008 ISSF World Cup FinalRuns ‘Gun for Glory’, a world-class shooting academy at multiple locations
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Priyanka Maji: An Inspirational Story Passion is a very overlooked quality. Working on your craft for days and days with blinders on requires a very superior amount of dedication. Priyanka paints a clear picture of how important passion can be. She works a 9 hour shift at Dominos from noon to 10 at night. Prior to that, she puts in 3 hours of serious practice in hopes of mastering her sport; all this at the age of 22. She began rifle shooting four years ago with the NCC in Asansol, West Bengal. She received several accolades including a Bronze medal in her first All India NCC Inter Directorate Shooting Championship. While everything was going well she was challenged with a major obstacle. The thing about these obstacles is that they have the rightful authority to make or break a person. In Priyanka’s case, the obstacle not only made sure she came back stronger but also made her a very mature young adult. A young adult who has a mind open enough to dream big and a heart strong enough to work all out to achieve that dream. She is a rare concoction of the dreamers and the hard workers. Coming back to the obstacle; she could no longer practice shooting with NCC. Seeking a solution, Priyanka joined a private Shooting Club; however, the club had no Shooting Equipment and Rifle to support her. She didn’t give up though! With the support of her family, Priyanka decided to join the Gun for Glory (GFG) Shooting Academy, Pune: A decision that changed her life forever. To support her dream of shooting, Priyanka started working at Domino’s. It might not sound like much, but at her age, children are still testing their luck with the world. On the other hand, Priyanka has a goal in her mind and is willing to do anything to achieve this goal. When you are as focused as her, distractions rarely disrupt your routine. At GFG, Priyanka’s score has been steadily rising and she expects a Gold medal at the next National Competition. What’s more? She doesn’t have to worry about a weapon or a good coach anymore!
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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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Project LEAPLEAP is a unique multi phased project designed for Indian shooters to facilitate improved performance at National & International Level. The project will help the selected shooters to take a leap in various parameters of performance i.e. Technical, Physical & Mental aspects of the sportThe core objective of the program is to improve the performance of the Shooters. The program will specifically delve into the details of the various performance attributes involved for a sustained high level performance of the Shooters. LEAP is expected to inspire shooters to understand the virtue of pre-eminence and become part of a culture of striving for excellence.SelectionShooters from the Junior and Youth Category who have participated in the Nationals and qualified for Selection Trials were considered for the programme; however, shooters with a proven track record and recommendation by coaches were also being given an opportunity to be part of the selection process.The selection process was done after stages of screening and assessment through various Metacognative, Neurocognitive, Physical tests and two back to back matches. A combination of results from the tests and the scores in the matches formed the basis of the selection of the final shooters for the project.A team of 12 rifle shooters and 10 Pistol shooters got selected through the robust selection process for the program for the first year. This is an ongoing programme till 2024 and weeding out and further selection is to be carried out on an annual basis as per assessments and evaluations.TrainingSelected participants will undergo a specially designed coaching curriculum under the International coaches, mental and physical trainers with five separate camps conducted for the Rifle and Pistol Shooters separately for duration of 12 days each. These camps focus will be on specific improvement areas like Technique, Body Balance & Position, Endurance & Stress, as well as competition preparation. In between the camps, shooters would return to their respective GFG home ranges and follow the program given by the foreign coaches under the mentorship of the senior coaches in the team and monitored via GFG software and Athlete Monitoring System. Dietary supervision will also be carried out and shooters will be educated about diet chart and well informed choices will be suggested as per individual life style. A Performance Manager is to oversee the progress of the shooters as well as the project in entirety.The programme will also initiate self-monitoring aspect educating shooters plan career/long term sport options, increased knowledge on hydration and nutrition, focus on preparation for different environments, refine injury prevention, restand recovery strategies, promote ongoing personal development and focus on integration of sport, career and life goals addressing economic and independence issues by developing integrated support network/structure.The monitoring process reflected in this project involves the assessment of implementation of six core capacitiesMental strengthEnduranceScorePhysical fitnessUp-gradation and fine tuning of the technical skillsPhysiological aspects
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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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Olympic medallist Gagan Narang says his ‘priority’ is active shooting despite taking up mentoring of lateHe may have taken to mentoring of late, but active shooting remains Gagan Narang’s number one priority and he says there is “no doubt” he is eyeing more international glory, including another shot at the Olympics.After a gap of one year, the London Olympic bronze medallist is back to his pet event – 10m air rifle – and he is gunning to hit top form.“Shooting is my No.1 priority, I love to be around the sport whether it is through mentoring, coaching or whether in terms of my shooting… Right now my own shooting is my number one priority, ” he told PTI during an interview at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges on Thursday.The marksman, who has completed two decades in the sport, added, “I will continue to do it as long as I enjoy doing it. Nobody is in the team because they are shooting for 20 years. you are on the team because you are the best.” The 34-year-old, along with a full-fledged Indian shooting squad, will be leaving for Gold Coast, Australia, on Friday to compete in the Commonwealth Shooting Championships, a test event for next year’s Commonwealth Games.“… And if there is someone else better than me then why not. As long as I am enjoying my sport, shooting well, as long as I am able to win medals for the country I will continue to shoot.“Age is just a number. Every day is a new day and of course, as you progress, there is a different kind of challenges. Definitely, it’s important to have a good amount of drive and motivation, which I have. I am just going to go all out.”Summing up his journey so far, he said sometimes it’s hard to remain motivated after winning so many times across the world.“It’s been good, I have won every medal that was there at every level, sometimes finding motivation after winning so many medals is tough, but the Rio (Olympics) performances are also on the back of my mind and that is motivating .. I am giving it all I have got.”“You need to have long-term vision somewhere. I am taking it one competition at a time because you are as good as your last competition. I am taking it one step at a time towards a bigger goal.”If he makes it to the Tokyo 2020, it will be Narang’s fourth Olympic appearances.He has been mentoring the likes of Pooja Ghatkar and has also tied up the Olympic Gold Quest besides being actively involved with Project Leap and his own Gun For Glory Academy.“When you are mentoring you are always around the sport, whether it’s like project leap and the academy, I love sharing my knowledge and knowledge is something that needs to be always updated, it also needs to be refreshed.“When you are training somebody, a lot of times I have found that it helped me, too. For example, usually, they say that a good shooter or a great shooter can’t be a good coach because he is going to analyse things from his perspective.“But I have been fortunate to train under so many good coaches that I have kind of picked up different techniques from different coaches, and I think the more amount of information you have, sometimes that can get complicated, but, at the same time, it can help a lot of shooters at various levels.“I have seen that while trying to solve somebody’s problem I found that I also probably have the same problem so I thought let me also try and that has helped me.”He said he is constantly trying to keep himself updated with the changing trends in the sport.“As far as technical help is concerned I have friends all over the world and most of them are all top shooters and we kind of exchange notes if we know we have a problem.“Also these days because of social media you get to know about the latest equipment coming in the market much faster.
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