Pritha Vartikar: An Emerging Table Tennis Star

Born on 9th August 2006, Pritha is nothing short of a brilliant table tennis player. Having started playing table tennis at a very young age, Pritha still continues to have an ascendancy over the sport. Her very new achievement is as recent as of December 2017. The championship organised by Goa Table Tennis Association in collaboration with the Sports Authority of Goa, witnessed exhilarating final matches where the Maharashtra teams achieved an unprecedented feat, all thanks to three players: Dev Shroff, Diya Chitale and Pritha Vartikar!

Pritha, who is being supported by Lakshya and sponsored by Dalmia Manav Seva Trust (Delhi), has time and again made us proud. She possess, what we may call, the true sportsman spirit. We very proudly present some of her achievements.

September 2016: Won at the Bombay YMCA Maharashtra State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament
June 2017: Runner Up Trophy at National Table Tennis Tournament Girls U-12
July 2017: Won Title in Cadet Girls in first Maharashtra state Ranking Tournament held at Nanded
October 2017: Became the first girl from the city to win a gold medal in Cadet Category by defeating Tamil Nadu’s Nehal Venkatasamy
November 2017:
1. Won Bronze Medal in East Zone All India Table Tennis Tournament held at Aizwal, Mizoram
2. Won Silver in the National Ranking Table Tennis Championship in Thane
3. Won Gold National Ranking Table Tennis Competition in Noida
December 2017: Won Silver at the Nationals in Goa

In conclusion we’d like to say that Pritha is an excellent table tennis player, an emerging star, as her achievements are awe-inspiring. We are sure of the way she has a clear vision and targets for herself, that she will in fact achieve many more successes to come. Lakshya and Dalmia Manav Seva Trust (Delhi) are more than happy to support Pritha through her amazing journey.

Shubhankar Dey: The Shuttler

Shubhankar Dey, born on 6th June 1993, is an astounding badminton player with a current ranking of 64 (as of 30/11/2017). Shubhankar who ran away from his home to purse Badminton as a career, has an unmatched love for the sport. His first International win was in the year 2013 at the age of 19.

Having lost his father a year earlier, Shubhankar was brought up by his mother and elder brother. Having already made up his mind to go after the sport, he left his hometown (Kolkata) to go to his sister’s place in Thane who actively supported him and started training. Since then his journey properly began. Soon he started playing with and against some of India’s top badminton players. His coach even said that Shubhankar has the potential to be Top 30 in the world.

Dey is currently playing for a Danish club in Copenhagen - a city that he has moved to.

We would like to present some of Shubhankar’s impressive achievements.
  • 2012 BWF International Series: Iraq International - Runner Up
  • 2013 BWF International Series: Uganda International - Runner Up
  • 2013 BWF Future Series: Kenya International - Winner
  • 2013 International Challenge Tournament: Bahrain International Challenge - Runner Up
  • 2014 BWF International Series: Bahrain International - Winner
  • 2014 International Challenge Tournament: Bangladesh International - Runner Up
  • 2013 BWF International Series: Iceland International - Winner
  • 2013 BWF International Series: Portugal International - Winner
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Shubhankar is looking forward to winning more games and planning on becoming India’s Top 5. His amazing enthusiasm and talent is supported by Lakshya and sponsored by Bharat Forge Ltd. (Pune). His next match, his first ever semi-final at the senior nationals, will be against World No.11 HS Prannoy and we wish him the best for that.

The Shooting Star: Ayushi Podder

Born in the year 2000 in Rishra, West Bengal, Ayushi Podder took up shooting as a sport at the age of 13 years (in 2014). With her goal already decided and with a clear vision in mind, she then started practicing regularly at the Bull’s Eye Shooting Academy for Air Rifle dedicating Mondays to Fridays to the sport. And if you’re wondering what constituted her Saturdays and Sundays and guessed that they were also occupied with the sport, then you guessed right. She trains at the North Calcutta Rifle Club on the two days.

Ayushi’s father, who is in services with Eastern Railways as Office Superintendent and a member of Indian Railways Shooting Team. Ayushi being a part of the National squad, trains under Junior National Coach Deepali Deshpande. She practices with her father's rifle.

Ayushi has had very successful games and still does. Following are some of her achievements of when she truly stole the limelight!
- July 6, 2015: won the team championship bagging 12 medals, including 4 gold at the West Bengal Open Air Weapon Shooting Championship
- May 1, 2016: won a Gold at the ISSF Junior World Cup with Gaayathri Nithyanadam and Sonika collectively shooting a total of 1846.6 score to emerge as winners
- Feb 16, 2017: Ayushi Podder with Mehuli and Shreya Banerjee teamed up to win 4 silver medals in youth, junior(National Championship), senior (civilian) and junior (civilian) category at Pune Air Rifle Shooting.
- August 3, 2017: won Bronze in junior 50m prone event
- September 11, 2017: 5 silvers in 50m. Prone Seniors & Juniors, 50m. 3. Position Senior, 10m. Air Rifle Junior & Youth event. And a Bronze in 10m. Air Rifle senior event
- December 15, 2017: won Bronze in 10m. Senior National Championship, 4 team Gold in Senior Civilians, Junior National Championship, Junior Civilians and Youth event

Ayushi is right now being supported by Lakshya and sponsored by Sony Pictures Network. We are expecting all the more from Ayushi next year and we are sure she won’t let us down as her achievements itself are a testament of that.

Pooja Rani: The Gold Medalist

Pooja Rani is a pugilist who is reaching a new level of stardom through her constant victories on national and international levels. She was born on 17th Feb 1991 in Neemriwali, Haryana. She started preparing herself to enter the world of boxing at a very tender age. Through hard work and dedication, she started winning matches one after another and made a buzz in the society as a strong contender in boxing.

Lakshya, an organization which supports talented and needy athletes saw an immense potential in Pooja Rani and approached her with the similar intentions as hers i.e. to win a gold medal for India. Lakshya provided and guided Pooja Rani with all the necessary equipment required for the sport. After being trained under qualified mentors, Pooja Rani set off on a journey to achieve greatness. During the time of 12th South Asian Games, India made a world record of winning 308 medals and Pooja Rani was part of it alongside M.C.Mary Kom & Laishram Sarita Devi.

We proudly announce some of her great achievements below:
[1] State:
- 5th Youth women State Boxing championship held in Ballabhgarh - GOLD
- 8th Senior Women state Boxing championship held in Bhiwani - GOLD
- 9th Senior Women State Boxing championship held in Samalkha, Panipat - GOLD
- 10th Senior Women State Boxing championship held in Bucholi, Mahendergarh - GOLD
- 12th Senior Women State Boxing championship held in UBA Hissar - GOLD
- 13th Senior Women State Boxing championship held in Bhiwani - GOLD
- 14th Senior Women State Boxing championship held in Rohtak - GOLD
[2] National:
- 13th Senior Women National Boxing championship held in Guwahati - GOLD
- 14th Senior Women National Boxing championship held in Khatima - GOLD
- 16th Senior Women National Boxing championship held in Bongaigaon, Assam - GOLD
- 34th National Games held in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand - GOLD
- Federation cup held in Uttrakhand, Nainital - GOLD
- 4th Senior North Zone Boxing championship held in Chandigarh - GOLD
- All India Inter-University held in MLS Udaipur - GOLD
- 12th Senior Women National Boxing championship held in Bhopal, M.P. - SILVER
- 4th Youth women National boxing championship held in Goa - SILVER
- 11th Senior women National Boxing championship held in Thrissur, Kerala - BRONZE

[3] International:
- 12th South Asian Games held in Shillong - GOLD
- 6th Asian Women Boxing championship held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - SILVER
- Arafura Games held in Darwin, Australia - SILVER
- 7th Asian Women Boxing championship held in Wulanchabu, China - BRONZE
- 17th Asian Games held in Incheon, Korea - BRONZE
- China open Boxing Guiyang city - BRONZE
- 3rd Nations cup held in Vrbas, Serbia - BRONZE
- 5th Nations cup held in Ruma, Serbia - BRONZE

[4] Participation:
- Commonwealth Games 2014 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship 2012 and 2016 (Quarterfinalist)
- Olympic qualifier Asia - Oceania 1st round
Pooja Rani is currently being sponsored by Lakshya and Bharat Forge Limited. They support her with all the expenses needed for physical fitness, sports accessories, travelling and diet.
She is a rising star with loads of talent in her and Lakshya is proud to be on her side, helping her to achieve all the greatness.

Simranjit Kaur: In Pursuit of Success

Simranjit Kaur is a native from Punjab and has created a buzz in Indian Boxing history. Normally boxers would start at a very young age but in Simran Kaur’s case, it was the opposite. Simran started boxing around 2010 for general fitness until she realized that she was in love with the sport and wanted to pursue it at a higher level. She started her initial training at Sher-E-Punjab Sports Academy in Chakar village. She cites her elder sister as an inspiration who has also won National Medals.

Lakshya, an organization which helps the needy and talented athletes all around the country, recognized the burgeoning raw talent of Simranjit and took her in. Lakshya provided her with all the equipment and necessary medications required for the sport.It also provided her with best coaching facility so that she could use her talent to its fullest. With a couple of years of hard work and dedication, Simranjit Kaur started her journey towards success, winning bouts after bouts.

Lakshya proudly presents Simranjit’s achievements:
- Won the title of “BEST BOXER” at National Women's Boxing Championship at the Reserve Police Lines Hall.
- Won a Gold medal in Lightweight Elite Women National Championship, Haridwar.
- She is selected for European Women's Youth and Junior Championships, Turkey.
- She is already being considered for Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Simranjit Kaur was also trained by coach Khalid Hussain and her brother Harry Dhillon at Merridale Boxing Club in Wolverhampton. She came through a selection camp at the English Institute of Sport. The selectors commented on her footwork, movement and the strength she has. Hussain compliments Simranjit by saying, "She is an aggressive boxer who is always on the front foot, even if you peg her back she’ll keep coming forward. She’s quick, tall and rangy and with a good jab". Hussain also believes Kaur can one day achieve her goal of boxing at Olympic Games. She currently trains at Senior National Camp in IG Stadium, New Delhi and manages her diet with the Scholarships from University and College.

She is being sponsored by Sony Pictures Network and Lakshya. They overlook all of her expenses of training and traveling. Lakshya is proud of her achievements and wishes her with ample of good luck for her future.

Eagle's Eye: Mampi Das

The world came to know of Mampi Das in September 2012, when she matched the world record score of 400/400 in women’s air rifle event during the National selections trial at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex. It was only the third time that an Indian woman shooter had shot a perfect score. Suma Shiroor had performed the feat in 2004 at the Asian Shooting Championships in Kuala Lumpur to enter the record books. Driving the inspiration to reach this amazing feat from Shalini Chahar, a fellow shooter who shot 399 gave Mampi Das a platform of a friendly rivalry to bring out her best. Even though her amazing effort wasn't taken into consideration as a world record since the national and selection trials were not taken into account by the International Shooting Sports Federation, Lakshya was all out there for her, reaching out with a helping hand.

Lakshya, an organization which seeks out athletes who lack economical support and help them, provided Mampi Das with all the necessary equipment, health care, coaching and other basic necessities. Mampi Das after that never looked back and started making big strides in her game.

Here is a list of her achievements:
- She won a Gold medal for 10 meters air rifle team held at Junior Shooting Championship, Suhl in Germany.
- In September 2013, during national selections, she matched the world record score of 400/400 in Women’s Air Rifle Event held at Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune.
- At 2013 Asian Youth Games, held at FangShan Shooting Hall, China, she secured 6th position.

Born and raised in Kolkata, West Bengal, she took up shooting at the mere age of 11. She was fortunate to have supportive parents even though they didn't have the means for a sport like shooting. Her father, Manik Das is a driver with the WBSRTC (West Bengal State Road Transport Corporation). She did her schooling at Christ Church Girls High School, Kolkata.

"She is, without doubt, an outstanding shooter. And Mampi balances her passion and studies with ease. She is someone who is immensely mature for her age and knows where to focus and where not to", noted Raninder Singh, president of NRAI (National Rifle Association of India).
Former shooter Jaspal Rana, who is the pistol coach of the junior Indian team, gave thumbs up for Mampi's work ethic.
"At such a young age, Mampi has a clear vision of what she wants. I don't think many are blessed with that. All that she needs now is a lot of support and the best of facilities to train. Once she receives that, you will see her performance go up even further", Jaspal said.

Since 2007, Mampi has been coached by P.T.Raghunath. Currently, she is being trained by the coach of senior Indian team - Stanislaus Lapidus. She is seen as a strong candidate in Shooting for the next Olympics.

Lakshya is proud of her and her achievements and hopes that she excels in every point she aims. Mampi is the bright new hope for Indian shooting.
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