Suma Shirur World record holder and an Arjuna Awardee
Suma Shirur World record holder and an Arjuna Awardee A woman of substance who has brought India onto the global map of shooting as a sport – Suma Shirur, Mumbai based international Air Rifle shooter, comes from an academically inclined family. She did her schooling in Navi Mumbai and graduated in Chemistry from South Indian Education Society (SIES), Mumbai. During her college years, in 1991, she was actively involved in National Cadet Corps (NCC) where she had her first introduction to shooting and developed a passionate interest in the sport. Three months later, she earned three silvers in the Maharashtra State Championships, leading to the recognition of her potential talent as a young ace shooter. Coach Sanjay Chakraverty and mentor B P Bam’s encouraging words made her a Junior National Champion at Chennai in 1994.
There was no looking back after that. Suma soon went on to represent India at the Asian Shooting Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia; her international debut in 1995. Suma made her name at the international stage winning medals at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan and the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, where she won medals in the individual and team events of 10-metre Air Rifle.
Suma created a sensation in Feb 2004 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at the Asian Shooting Championship by equalling the world record of 400/400 and winning Gold for India. In the process she became the first Indian Shooter to create a world record. Later that year at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, Suma stormed into the finals of the 10-metre Air Rifle event.
In 2003, Suma was bestowed with the coveted ‘Arjuna Award’, by the then President of India, A P J Abdul Kalam. In 2005, she was adjudged the ‘Sportswoman of the Year’ award by Hero India Sports Awards. She has many more honours and accolades to her credentials.
In 2006, she founded the Lakshya shooting club in Mumbai to support budding shooters of Navi Mumbai. Today, under her watchful eye, over 20 young shooters from her hometown, Navi Mumbai, have made their mark at the National stage and 2 of them moving on to becoming a part of the Junior Indian Shooting Team.
The natural coach within Suma did not inhibit her own shooting prowess as she continued to dominate the Indian shooting scene winning a bronze at the Commonwealth Games, Delhi, in 2010.
The immensely talented SUMA SHIRUR will soon be participating in the 58th National Shooting Championships that will be held in Pune this year end, the International Air Weapon Championship in Munich and Inter-shoot in Holland in January 2015. She will be training with International Coach Gaby Bullman for a week during the 2 International Championships in Munich & Holland.
Suma Shirur won Silver medal at the InterShoot in The Hague, The Netherlands and she receives First place in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle at Selection Trials. She got the second place with a gritty finish in 10 m. air rifle at the Inter-Shoot where she scored 203 points in the finals. Even after a not so perfect qualifying score of 409.9, she made up with a spirited finals finish behind Jennifer McIntosh in a closely fought 20-shot final series.
Recently in Thane, Air-Rifle Shooting, Suma Shirur was awarded the prestigious ‘Shiv Gaurav Puraskar’ which was handed by Governor of Maharashtra, Dr. C Vidyasagar Rao.
Personal Life: Suma Shirur is married to Siddharth Shirur, an architect by profession and they have two young boys.
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