A promising archer - The New Indian Express

A promising archer

Published: 24th January 2013 07:59 AM

Last Updated: 24th January 2013 07:59 AM

Anything that not many people would venture into, interests Monisha V Shankar. This 16-year-old I PU student of Jain College, VV Puram, was a rower when she was in the 6th standard at the Sudarshan Vidya Mandira in Jayanagar. She also represented the state in the junior national rowing meet in Hyderabad in 2007 and bagged the Youngest Rower award too.

But then by the time she reached the 9th standard, she had virtually lost interest in rowing. As she read the local newspapers, she came across an announcement from the Karnataka Amateur Archery Association asking interested boys and girls to enroll for their summer camp.

Monisha promptly joined the camp and she picked up the bow for the oar. After winning two silver medals, her first-ever medals in fact, at the recently concluded 33rd sub junior archery championships, Monisha now proposes to take to the sport more intently. Indeed, she is a big silver lining for state archery.

But given her penchant to try the unusual, Monisha would probably be found playing horse or elephant polo as not many girls do so. Asked if that could be a possibility in the future, Monisha burst out laughing. In any case, for the moment rowing’s loss has been archery’s gain.

Monisha won the silver in the 60 metres Indian round where Assam’s Mainaw Nazary won the gold. Mainaw had a score of 321 while Monisha managed 305.

Karnataka, however, finished their campaign with Monisha and Abhiraj Singh D P teaming up to bag the silver in the Recurve Mixed Team event. “I am really very happy with my performance in the sub junior nationals. I worked really hard to do well and managed to secure two silver. I must give all credit to my coach Brijesh Kumar who slogged it out and taught us the basics and the finer points as well,” said Monisha.

“Well, I intend to do better and better but archery is a sport where you need a lot of support. It is a pretty costly sport. I want to work harder and do well in the junior and senior levels from here. Let us see how it goes. In any case, studies will always be my first priority,” added Monisha, very confidently.

That shows the kind of determination she shows in her activities, be it sports or academics.

But the archery fraternity must hope that Monisha’s attention is not diverted by some other sport if archery is to retain what it gained from rowing.

A promising Monisha is now roaming around with a bow in hand and arrows in her quiver. Hopefully, her attention will always be focused on the targets in front of her.

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