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Shivjot Gill grabbing Bronze at World Shooting Championship

26 Oct 2016

Shivjot Gill, a counselor with Epsyclinic, recently hogged the limelight at the World University Shooting Championship, held at Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Shivjot won the bronze medal as a part of the team representing India at the championship. The team constituted three members from different cities of the country, namely New Delhi, Patiala and Nawanshahr.

She participated in the Women’s Skeet Team Event where she, along with her partner, secured the bronze medal by scoring 50/75. The tournament saw a participation of 359 shooters from 36 countries, which was held on September 9-18.

Gill was selected from Punjabi University, Patiala where she is currently pursuing her Masters of Science degree in Psychology.

She was born and brought up in the small town of Nawanshahr, the headquarters of Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar district in Punjab. She has completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. She was drawn to shooting because of her father. She credits her interest in the sport to him, who was very passionate about it. Although he was not a sportsperson himself but was keenly interested in shooting. As a result, Shivjot’s was fascinated by it and delved into the sport of shooting when she was in Standard 11, with the encouragement and support of her father.

She also expresses her kind gratitude to her coach Mr. P.S. Sodhi with whom she initiated her sport practice and to coach  Mr. Amardeep Singh Rai ,who has put in great efforts to teach her to play with a positive and  never say die attitude till the end of the competition.

Gill started practicing and participating in events of 10 metre air rifle while studying at Lawrence School, Sanawar in Himachal Pradesh. She continued her practice in the same category for three years, till her first year at college. She was introduced to shotgun in her second year of college With her participation in events starting in 2014, she qualified for the Nationals in the same year. However, she could not make it to the Indian trial and the team.

In January 2015, Shivjot bagged the silver medal with 30 points in women’s skeet individual event and got the gold with 85 points in women skeet team event at the All India Inter-Varsity Shooting Championship.

Like all successful people, Gill’s journey was not a bed of roses. The ammunition used in practicing was expensive. Moreover, she found it difficult to continue with practice at a stretch. Taking a break of some months was the solution.  

Shivjot admits that she started practicing this sport for fun and as a means to idle away time but when she started with competitions, she started understanding how sports change you for good. With time, she inculcated the sportsman spirit.

Moreover, she worked on herself teaching herself to take control of emotions. In times when she lost and was feeling low, she focused of the positivity of things rather than getting affected by the negative. She realized the kind of person she is, and improved unceasingly.

In the whole process, she became mentally stronger and got more self-control. Gill says she can express herself much better now, and believes that the sport has made her improve physically, mentally and emotionally.

In the light of the recent championship, Shivjot says that they had prepared well and knew that it was going to be tough. Their main focus was on the technique and execution of plans in a systematic manner. They did what they were doing in training and came out with flying colours.

Shivjot Gill, at 23, is looking forward to bringing laurels to our nation. Apart from shooting, she likes to paint and is involved in social work. She is working with United Nations and is a tele-counsellor with Epsyclinic.

In an interview with Epsyclinic after her victory at the championship, she said that she believed that all those who have a goal or want to achieve something should definitely give it a try. She further adds that they would only know the result if they try and that is the only mantra.

Her message to all of us is: ‘No work is big or small. Anything that you do with interest is great. Work for nobody but yourself as your satisfaction is of utmost importance. Be happy, be content and success will follow!’

We, at Epsyclinic, are immensely proud of her as an employee and as an inspiration to many. We wish you all the very best. Kudos to you, Shivjot!


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