Sports like shooting has always been India’s go-to event when it comes to winning medals. The country has produced many top young shooters recently who have proved themselves on the international stage. The likes of Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary, Shardul Vihan to name a few are slowly making the transition to the international stage. Another shooter who is slowly climbing up the ladder is Bhopal’s Manisha Keer.
Last year, the 18-year-old trap shooter made history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a silver in the junior shotgun event at the ISSF (International Shooting Sports Federation) Shooting World Championship in South Korea.
How the journey began
Her rise to fame has been an unexpected one. Five years ago, it was a completely different story for the young girl. Coming from a financially backward family with six siblings, Manisha’s struggle to take up shooting as a profession was immense. She even helped her father Kailash Keer catch fish and then help him sell them in the local market to meet their needs.
Shooting is a sport in which the equipment and training facilities are quite expensive. Hence for Manisha, pursuing the sport was next to impossible, but it was her elder sister Saniya who took her to shotgun trials at Madhya Pradesh State Shooting Academy in 2013.
Perfect shot to glory
The trials proved to be a game changer for the youngster from Madhya Pradesh. She was approached by Olympian Mansher Singh and asked her to take a shot. Inspite of no formal training, Manisha still impressed the onlookers at the trials which earned her enrollment in the shooting academy and since then there has been no looking back.
In a statement given by Manisha’s coach Mansher Singh to India Today last year, he said, “Manisha’s capacity to absorb what is taught and to use it in a match is amazing. Her rise in a short span of time has made everyone take note. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that she has attained greatness in the sport but she is definitely on the way.”
Manisha’s story is nothing short of inspiration for young shooters, who wants to pursue the sport as a career. She definitely has a bright future ahead of her.