Competing in what was her final junior worldwide occasion, Punjab shooter 20-year-old Ganemat Sekhon on Thursday gained the silver medal within the girls’s skeet class within the ISSF Junior World Championships being held at Lima, Peru. Sekhon, a scholar of SD School Sector 32, who in 2018 turned the primary ever Indian girls skeet shooter to win a medal in a junior ISSF World Cup, gained the bronze medal within the ISSF World Cup in Delhi earlier in March this yr, the primary Indian senior skeet shooter to attain the feat. She misplaced out to USA’s Alishia Layne 2-Zero in a shoot-off for the gold medal after they had been each tied with 46 factors within the remaining.
“It was my final worldwide event as a junior and I’m glad to finish my junior profession with a medal on the earth cup. The situations had been very difficult within the remaining because it turned very windy right here. However I’m completely happy that I used to be in a position to carry out nicely in such situations. Getting used to the time distinction was one other problem. However my coaching below coach Piero Genga helped me rather a lot”, shared Sekhon whereas speaking with The Indian The Press Reporter.
Sekhon had taken curiosity in capturing in her childhood. She carries on her household’s legacy, together with her nice grandfather Captain Chattar Singh being a a number of royal capturing competitors champion within the 1940’s and her grandfather Mohinderpal Singh being a nationwide stage shooter. She began capturing in 2015 on the insistence of her father Amrinder Singh and claimed the silver medal in girls’s skeet occasion in Senior Nationwide Taking pictures Championships in Pune. She delivered related performances within the 2017 nationals at Delhi and 2018 nationals at Jaipur. In 2018, Sekhon turned the primary Indian to win the bronze medal within the ISSF Junior World Championships at Sydney, Australia. In 2019, Sekhon gained the silver medal in Asian Taking pictures Championships at Doha earlier than she gained the historic bronze medal within the ISSF World Cup in Delhi in March this yr. Sekhon had additionally paired up with Angad Vir Bajwa to win gold within the blended skeet staff competitors in Delhi.
“The bronze medal within the ISSF World Cup was a lift to my senior capturing profession and gave me a whole lot of confidence to imagine in myself whereas competing on the senior stage. The time after the world cup was robust as I used to be not in a position to journey to Italy for my coaching. It meant that I may solely take steerage from my coach Piero Genga over the telephone. I had been coaching for the Kazakhstan World Cup earlier than it was cancelled”, stated Sekhon.
The 20-year-old, whose household not too long ago shifted from Zirakpur to Kansal, believes that the subsequent yr is necessary for her in her objective to compete in 2024 Paris Olympics. “I’ve been engaged on my bodily and psychological health. At the moment, the Indian skeet staff is with out a coach and we hope to get a coach quickly. Coaching overseas will probably be essential forward of subsequent yr’s Asian Video games and profitable a medal there’ll enhance my confidence to attain the goal of qualifying for 2024 Olympics and win a medal,” shared Sekhon.