The Teenage Shooter challenged herself & won Silver at CWG under guidance of coach Joydeep Karmakar – Know the shots of Mehuli Ghosh

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Mehuli Ghosh
The Teenage Shooter challenged herself & won Silver at CWG under guidance of coach Joydeep Karmakar – Know the shots of Mehuli Ghosh

At 17 when most teenagers are upbeat enjoying their best phase of life, this young star who literally shot to fame with her antics at the recent Commonwealth Games is gung ho and all about up spirits for her future winnings. It has been a short journey for her and yet this girl is nothing short of what it takes to be a star player. Hailing from a small town 30 kms away from the main city of Kolkata, she has proved that following dreams knows no distance. And while not many are aware of a major mishap happened with her initially, it could have been a setback for her career. But it was her sheer passion for rifle shooting that bought her where she stands today. The girl is none other than Mehuli Ghosh! Let us know her journey and what inspired her to become The Star that she is today.

Quick Facts

Known As Mehuli Ghosh
DOB 20th November 1996
Father’s Name Nemai Ghosh
Mother’s Name Mitali Ghosh
imd1 for Rifle Shooting, Sport
Achievements
  • Won Silver medal at Commonwealth Games – 2018
  • Won 2 Gold and 7 Silver medals at the National Championships
  • Won 2 Bronze medals ISSF Mexico World Cup – 2018
  • Broke Junior World Record in 10m Air Rifle – 2018
  • Commonwealth Games record holder
  • Among 123 competitors, the only Indian shooting athlete to reach the finals of Junior Shooting Competition in Czech Republic and finished in seventh place
  • Received appreciation mail from Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Place / From: Baidyabati, West Bengal

We are keen to know; how did your journey begin?

I started off in 2014, prior to which in 2013, I used to watch Olympics and loved to watch only two sports i.e. Rifle Shooting and Swimming. I found shooting very interesting as it was not a well-known sport. Then I started gathering news and other relevant information about Shooting. My father being a temporary employee in West Bengal government, struggled for a year to collect enough money to allow me to withstand my passion. Then I joined Serampore Rifle Club in 2014. Later I was mentored and coached by former Indian Olympic Finalist and Arjuna Awardee, Joydeep Karmakar at the Joydeep Karmakar Shooting Academy.

What’s your success mantra?

There is no sacred success mantra as they say. It is always one’s willingness to give their best shot and whatever it takes to be the best. Be it discipline, dedication, hard work. If you want to succeed at something, you might as well put in efforts with your heart and soul.

What were the hardships / hurdles your encountered and the way you overcame in your journey?

It’s been a very short journey for me to talk of any hardships. Perhaps, the only struggle that I have come to terms was when I was training earlier and accidentally the stray pellet hit a worker while practicing. It resulted in me being banned as a shooter from my previous academy. But under the coaching of Joydeep sir, I could bounce back and win accolades for myself.

Success is incomplete without its share of failures. How should one overcome them to move on?

In all these years that I have seen people around me have always maintained their composure in difficult times. Failure is not to be looked down upon but as a stepping stone towards succeeding. Especially for a sportsperson, our journey to survive in this competitive atmosphere is very tiring both physically and mentally. But at the end of the day, we all learn from our share of failures and grow eventually towards being the better person in our respective fields. The sheer passion to not give up and win keeps me going in difficult times.

Beyond Rifle Shooting

Favorite Personalities Abhinav Bindra, Apurvi Chandela, PV Sindhu
Inspirations Abhinav Bindra, Joydeep Karmakar
Food I Love Chinese and Bengali (homemade)
Food I Hate Nothing as such but dont like Carrots
Had I not been a Rifle Shooter then... may be in Karate or Swimming
Like Vacations at Maldives as I love beaches
Favorite Pass time Listening to music, watching movies, shopping, chatting with friends and family, sleeping
Favorite Dialogue Till the Last shot
Favorite Movies / Series Sporty, Comedy and Horror movies
Favorite Actor / Actress Varun Dhawan, Ranveer Singh / Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone

Who has been your influencer in this journey & how?

My major source of influences has been my parents and Joydeep Sir. Because they believe in me and that I can succeed. They help me push myself to go achieve and be the best.

Which was “that” moment when you considered yourself as “I Am The 1”?

I am yet to experience that moment. It is too early in my career to answer this question. However, there was a big lesson and funny incident that happened recently at the commonwealth games that I would like to share. It was supposed to be my last shot which was the 24th shot and I scored a 10.9, the highest and thought the game was over. My name appeared on the screen and as per the scored I held the No.1 rank. I was very happy and proud at that moment. But a few minutes later I was told by the panel that the competition is not over, and I am yet to face a shoot off with another participant. So that small moment was a big one for me. But, it was an ongoing process. So, I coaxed myself into believing that it is okay! I have just started my career and there are going to be big wins for me.

Could you reflect on the importance of systematic training in Rifle Shooting?

Systematic training in any field of sports is essential. It not only trains you physically but also helps you adapt to the mental strength that is required on field. With correct training and knowledge of the technicalities, it becomes easier to become a master in your choice of sports.

Are there any prerequisites like age, fitness or a mindset required to pursue Rifle Shooting?

According to me there are none prerequisites that are required but only your passion to pursue the sport. It is all in the mind. If you set your mind into achieving and being the best, you will be that. It is only reflected in your determination. Nothing else can stop you.

Technology and scientific training has been changing the way people get trained in Rifle Shooting. What’s your take?

Definitely. Technology has opened new doors to everything that seemed so difficult a decade ago. But today, especially with people of my generation the advancements have most certainly broadened the horizons of learning and acquiring knowledge from around the world. Rifle Shooting is an expensive sport, but with the help of technology, certain basic lessons and others have been accessible to people who want to know the sport and its dynamics. In such cases, technology is a boon.

How can one select an ideal ‘Guru’ for getting formal training for Rifle Shooting?

Selecting an ‘Ideal Guru’ can happen only if there is Belief, trust and faith which is common amongst the student and mentor. Once the mental connect of the two is on par with one another, the student teacher duo becomes an ideal team that can win wonders. In my case, I am lucky to have found my ideal guru in Joydeep Sir.

What do you suggest for better accessibility of Rifle Shooting in remote parts of India?

Like I said earlier, technology is ever expanding in our times and thus even remote parts of the country are getting aware of the facts associated with this sport and others. Media plays a vital role in connecting the remote parts of our country with the multidimensional sports plethora of the world and the progression so far has been commendable.

Your piece of advice to parents and new generation especially when some people are skeptical about career in extra curriculum.

Parents should let their kids explore. One can never decide fate and things which brings happiness. Indulging in the arena that brings compassion and happiness together for a child, that is his/her true calling. The child should be encouraged and given support. I am grateful to my parents for believing in my dreams and letting be choose the field I wanted to be in. I hope and pray all parents do the same for their children.

One thing which you feel you want to change from the past while you walk down memory lane…

None. I am here because of all the happenings in my past and am glad my life turned out the way it is now. No regrets!

Any other thoughts you want to share?

Lots of love to my family, friends and fans, Go ahead and Fly High!!!