Aditya Sharma did not know that what he had started as a fun activity would later go on to change his life. It was at the first combined annual training camp of National Cadet Corps (NCC) two years ago,when Aditya,egged on by the officers holding the camp,took to shooting for the first time in his life.
One of the reasons why the officers wanted him to try shooting instead of other physically draining activities was his physique: Aditya was not physically strong to do other ardous jobs. Despite being a novice in the sport,Aditya gave it a shot and came out with flying colours. He not only returned with high scores in the first camp itself,his performance also earned him the best cadet title at the camp.
“It was not I who chose shooting,rather it was the other way around. It happened all of a sudden but I am glad that I took to shooting,” said Aditya,14,a student of Stepping Stones School.
It was time to take his shooting to another level and the Chandigarh shooter just managed to do that when he participated in the prestigious GV Mavalankar Shooting Championship and qualified for the national shooting championship.
In a short time,Aditya has become a well-known name in the shooting arena in the region,and he recently qualified for the Nationals in the youth category. His schedule is rather packed now,as he will also participate in the Kumar Surendra Singh memorial shooting championship and the forthcoming national tournaments. His achievement was recognised by the school also,as Aditya was felicitated by the school as the best sportsperson of the year. With so many important tournaments line-up,Aditya is honing his skills at the shooting range in Stepping Stomes School in Sector 37,Chandigarh. “I practice here and due to that I have been able to devote equal time to my passion and also find time to study,” he said.
It was in the later part of 2011 when Aditya was chosen among the ten cadets selected from Haryana,Himachal Pradesh,Punjab and Chandigarh for the pre-Thal Sainik Camp and after that he made it o the Thal Sainik Camp held in New Delhi. Aditya was the lone cadet from the junior division and senior division who was selected from Chandigarh.
He went on to participate in the 57th National School Games held in Pune in December two years ago. After joining several other NCC camps and taking part in few other tournaments,Aditya won silver in10m rifle shooting in the All India Inter Directorate. He was also selected for the All India NCC shooting team. “I want to join the Army,where I will be able to continue my passion for shooting,” chuckled Aditya.