Pune: Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation’s (GNSPF) backed Project Leap trained shooters are already making strong impression at the international arena.
The Project in its second year has initiated its annual trial for all talented young shooters from across the country. An unprecedented 176 shooters had applied and 130 have been selected for the trial which is currently underway at the Gun for Glory shooting Academy in Pune.
This will be the first time that this highly cognitive trial has been made open for all shooters of the country falling under the age group of under-21 and the final selected best shooters will be trained by immensely experienced Slovakian rifle coach Anton Belak and South Korean pistol coach Kim Seonia and mentored by Olympic medallist Gagan Narang himself.
“We initiated Project Leap with an ambitious goal of finding India its 10 best shooters as part of Vision 2024. We knew the potential of the Project but had to start modest and hence restricted it for Gun for Glory shooters in year one; the results have been phenomenal,” said Narang, Mentor and co-founder of Project Leap.
Project Leap, which is GNSPF’s most ambitious project yet, was initiated last year and has already seen some exceptional rise of shooters like Elavenil Valarivan, who won Gold at the ISSF Junior World Cup and also registered a new qualification world record.
The shooters who were part of this elite mentoring have also helped the Indian junior team clinch eight international medals and 19 national medals.
Selections for Project LEAP are conducted with utmost precision. The process followed is in line with the international standards based not just on shooting scores but on meta & neuro cognitive results alongside physical tests which help us identify the shooters with most potential.
(NRAI Jt Secretary-General)