GFG’s para-shooter Swaroop Ulhankar to represent India

New Delhi, October 31: Gun for Glory (GFG) Shooting Academy’s Swaroop Manohar Ulhankar has been selected in an 11-member squad to represent India at the IPC Shooting World Cup in Bangkok from November 5.

The Kolhapurbased para shooter came into the reckoning for his gold medal-winningperformances at the recent nationals and his fine showing earlier in the KSSCompetition conducted by the Paralympic Committee of India. 

Swaroop, whotrains under the head coach of GFG Anton Belak in Project Leap, will participatein the 10m Air Rifle Standing and Prone Competitions. He is confident of a goodshowing, especially as he has been training with the best equipment and thattoo under the guidance of the some of the best coaches.

 “It’sbeen about four years that I have been training at the GFG and I have beensteadily improving. Coach Anton Belak and Yuniatri Iliyas before him haveworked on my shooting and I feel a lot more confident now,” an elated Swaroopsaid. 

He wasparticularly thankful for Gagan’s presence at the Academy. “As I am a disabledperson, I couldn’t find a coach in my initial days.  But Gagan Sir didn’thave any qualms about taking me under his wings and his support and tips havemotivated me to do a lot more,” he added. 

He explainedthat Gagan made him focus on Prone shooting and also gave him tips on how toconcentrate better while shooting, GNSPF also supported Swaroop along withWalther with sponsoring his weapon in 2016.

“Whenever Isaw him at our practice sessions, I saw immense talent in him and I wanted tohelp him in any way I could. I am glad my advice has improved him and we willcontinue to leave no stone unturned to help him achieve his dreams,” GaganNarang, the man behind the GFG initiative, said about his pupil. 

Swaroop willbe provided with world-class equipment to compete in the IPC (InternationalParalympic Committee) World Cup.


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