Indian Shooter Lakshay Sheoran shares season goals, future outlook and more with Fisto Sports.
Taken to shooting only four years ago, Lakshay Sheoran is today India’s one of the most sought after young talents with a Silver medal at the Asian Games 2018 to his credit, already. And, he is only 20 years of age. Representing India in Men’s Trap, Sheoran shot 43 out of a maximum shots of 50, with 17 straight hits in a row, to clinch the Silver at Asiad and to announce his arrival onto the big stage.
There is a lot that goes into making an overall athlete than just formal training, and being a son of a former National Champion Wrestler, Somvir, Lakshay seems to have got the right mix of talent and character.
Going by the recent medal hauls at International level by Indian athletes, it won’t be wrong to say that Haryana is undoubtedly a growing hotbed of champion athletes and if there is one thing that is common across these Haryanvi athletes, then it is their humility that makes them so grounded and successful.
Lakshay, an alumni of Indus Public School, currently studying BA at Khalsa and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, is no different – he is young, he ambitious. But unlike boys his age, he is not the one to throw a tantrum or two knowing his achievements, rather is respectful towards the life he’s got out of the sport.
You started shooting only four years ago, and you started with Air Pistol. What made you change to shotgun? And how easy or difficult was the transition?
Since childhood, I liked guns and rifles. I used to try it with my father. But when I decided to pursue shooting seriously, he was not very sure about it. I started with Air Pistol but I didn’t get formal training for that. It was only after I tried my hand at shotgun is when I knew I wanted to continue only with this. I am lucky to have been blessed with great coaches from the beginning.
You beat Vivaan Kapoor at the Junior Nationals, but recently teamed up for mixed event. How is your equation with your on court rivals?
We meet during trials and tournaments and there is no sense of rivalry between anyone. We come, play and go back to where we came from. It’s always a good time when we all meet. He is more like a friend than a competitor.
What are the upcoming tournaments you are preparing for?
I just returned from the Inter-University games winning a Gold in my category. Other than that, I am looking forward to the Khelo India initiative and training for it. Olympics is definitely on my mind, but it’s because people around me ask about it. But I believe in not thinking much about the future and taking life one step at a time. Olympics is still far, and there will be trials held before that, so my aim is to only perform well.
Have you made good friends from the sports circle? One friend or athlete you go to for any sort of advice.
I have some good friends from my Shooting circle, but there is not one person I go to advice for. We all discuss, talk about each other’s performances. But different people have different perceptions and thought process which you may not be able to relate to.
What are your future plans?
I don’t plan much, whatever I have achieved so far I think of it as a blessing for my hard work. By God’s grace I have come so far, there’s still a long way to go. I believe in the power of the Almighty. I give my 100 per cent in whatever I do and leave my fate on Him to decide what’s right.
How did sports affect your education? Are you planning to study further?
I am currently in my second year of Bachelors of Arts and I plan on completing my graduation. There is no pressure from family to do a particular thing or get into a particular field. My family has always been supportive of my choices and encourage me to do better.
Your favourite past time?
I like spending time with my friends when I am not training. We go out and have a good time where we leave all our pressure aside. I like listening to music also.
Any other sport you like or watch?
I am not much of a sports watcher, I enjoy my game and sometimes try to catch up on other sports. But, otherwise, I like shooting and that’s the only game I know the most about.
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