Esha Singh, a 14-year-old, is a new name in the shooting fraternity and yet she has already created a niche for herself among legendsISSF) Junior (U-21) World Cup campaign in Suhl, Germany.
The gold went to reigning champion Sevval Ilayda Tarhan of Turkey, with a score of 241.8, with Singh scoring a 236.6. Yasemin Beyza Yilmaz of Turkey won the bronze with a score of 215.4.
Last year, the new shooting prodigy was felicitated as the national champion, after she bettered India’s best—Heena Sidhu and Manu Bhaker to win three gold medals at the 62nd National Shooting Championships.
Esha from Telangana won the Women’s, Youth Women’s and Junior Women’s 10m Air Pistol competitions.
Her father, Sachin Singh, is a former rally driver. “While growing up, all I would see and hear was bikes and cars with my father competing in various rallies. He made me try go-carting initially, but I did not find it exciting. But when I went to a range for the first time, I liked the idea of Pistol Shooting.
Winning the senior national title is like winning a rally and I could see the same kind of adrenalin rush in my father’s eyes when I won. He left rallying to support me and this medal is for him
Esha’s first coach in Pune was Hiren Jaiswal. “When she first came to train under me, she was like a normal 10-year-old. Normally, we start training at the age of 10 .
She started young and soon realised the importance of mental training.
ESHA SINGH who became India’s youngest National champion at 14 last year, clinched her maiden international medal as she took silver in women’s 10m air pistol event at ISSF Junior (U-21) World Cup in Suhl, Germany. She has perhaps become the youngest Indian shooter to win a World Cup medal.
This is the age of Playing and enjoying and at this age Esha has made international record by beating Manu Bhaker & Heena Sidhu.
So , lets Have a Conversation with Little Champion
” ESHA SINGH”
Her career is on the upswing as she aims for bigger targets
◆ How did you entered into shooting
•I got to know about the sport, as one of my dad’s friends was into shooting, so on a casual Sunday we went to the range and I saw the sport. After a few days of trying the sport I developed interest and started playing competitions.
◆What is the secret to the success you have found
•I never gave up! And always believed in myself.
and there is no secret to succees.
Hard work and Dedication is the key to Success.
◆Who has motivated you to do shooting
•There’s no specific person but my dad supported me a lot.
He is My Supporter and Motivates me every time.
◆What do you like most about shooting
•The sport is ver calm sport and you have to be mentally strong for it.
◆What are the failures
you had faced during your journey
•I tried to get into the Indian squad for 2 years but couldn’t! , but again! I never gave up and the next year I was in the squad and team.
◆Did anyone supported you throughout this journey
My mom and Dad are always there for me, this thought keeps me going and I feel very lucky to have such parents.
◆What is the best piece of advice that you have ever received realted to shooting
• Whether you are a world no.1 or an olympic medallist , the main thing is that you should be satisfied.
◆How you keep a balance with your academics and sports
•Its hard! But not impossible, There were times when I had to get up at 5am and went to multiple tuitions and came back home at 4pm , then I even had to train.
◆A piece of advice that you would like to give to your readers to keep them motivated
•No matter what you do, always believe that you can do it and do it with all your heart .
◆If you were not a shooter, what would you be doing
• I would be Car racer probably cause my dad’s a national champion in car rally since 2011.
◆You are an inspiration to people of your age. How do you feel about this.
• I feel so good when I get to hear that I am a inspiration to others and I feel blessed
◆You have achieved a great height at the age of 14 , what is your Biggest goal in your Life
• My main focus is 2022 Youth Olympic Games and 2024 Olympics
After sweeping the women’s, junior and youth gold medals in air pistol in the last National championship in Thiruvananthapuram, Esha has nicely stepped it up on the international stage.
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