“Whatever it is, not to analyze our capability with a doubt whether will it be possible by us or not. Just go ahead, dedicate yourself and sure we can hit the target”, says Aarthi Philo. She is the dream girl for Tamil nadu in rifle event. The little teen from Coimbatore, A.Arthi Philo works hard on her ambition.
Recently, during the nationwide rifle event held at Coimbatore, she carried away 13 medals. “When I was in 8th standard, just like that I came for a coaching for 15 days to Coimbatore Rifle Club. In the event soon after that coaching, to my wonder, I was the champion! Unexpected confidence got into me on this sport. Then, I had started to practice on it daily. During the same year, I got the opportunity to participate in the national event. Where I stand and how far is my goal – I seemed to be clear in that. From then, in all the interstate events I was able to bring consecutive victories. Even in national events I had a remarkable development in my career. On my third participation in national-level event, in team category air-rifle event I was able to manage with bronze. In Coimbatore national-level event I took 9 golds, 3 silver and 1 bronze. Now my maximum score is 387. Now, I am getting ready for the participation of another national championship going to be held this month” says A.Arthi.
“An air-rifle costs anywhere from Rs. 2 lakhs to 6 lakhs, added with that practicing expenses included this is of course a costly game. However, we can’t restrict our abilities fearing for the expenses, right? As far as this event is concerned, if government pays proper attention, we can achieve more to our success. As I am a hostel-bound student, I am unable to allocate time for my practice sessions. Due to the coincidences of my semester exams and national events twice, I wasn’t able to skip my exams. However, now I have planned well and took the rifle in hand. With the help of my parents, friends and teachers, I have hopes of getting olympic medal” finishes with confidence, the young sports girl who is doing her B.E. third year from Bannari Ammam Engineering College, Coimbatore.
Translated from Ananda Vikatan (Energy Pakkangal) for TamilnetOnline.com