Gun for Glory academy is a reputed and known name today in India for training young talent for shooting. And although the academy now has 16 centers in the country, its story is yet unknown to many. The academy was under the spotlight recently after its founders Gagan Narang and Pawan Singh received the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar on 29th August 2019 at National Sports Ceremony.
The story behind the most reputed shooting academy
Gun for Glory academy is a brainchild of Gagan Narang, an Olympic bronze medalist, and Pawan Singh, Joint Secretary General, NRAI and member of Judge committee, ISSF. This world-class shooting academy was founded in 2011 by the Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation for making the sport accessible for everyone. The first center of the Gun for Glory (GFG) was established in Pune to boost the aspiring rifle shooters in all areas such as rifle, shotgun, pistol, etc to ace the sport. Our major focus was on the people interested in pistol shooting with the help and support of Rahi Samobat, Heena Sidhu, Ronak Pandit and others.
Selection process at Gun for Glory
Gagan Narang mentioned that the selection process of the academy is done at basic levels by conducting talent search at colleges, schools, corporates and existing shooters from different academics. Several parameters are used to choose capable students. As per the statistics, the academy trains 1400 shooters annually across all the centers. The state governments and GNSPF is working collectively to make the sports more accessible and propagate the sports culture especially in states like Gujarat, Telangana and Odisha.
Gagan Narang’s journey and his sports foundation
Gagan Narang has established himself as an Olympic champion and also a winner in Commonwealth games. After receiving Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award and Khel Protsahan award, he is recognized for making efforts in the Indian sports. As he had struggled to train for sport and get a platform for preparing for the Olympics, he knew that the country needed an academy dedicated to rifle and shotgun shooting.
He invested all the cash rewards that he received in Commonwealth games for establishing The Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation. He aimed to make the youth of India ready for future Olympics and provide them with proper training for the same. Gagan Narang remembers the time when his father had to sell the land for getting me a rifle and thus wants to make it easy for all the aspiring shooters to have a platform where they can learn the sport at an affordable price.
He also expressed his wish to make rifle shooting accessible and as affordable as possible to create awareness about the sport. Further, he also added that the academy is to provide all the facilities and training to the beginners as well as the established shooters.
Achievements of the Gun For Glory Academy
Gun for Glory was recognized for one of the most significant milestones, Project LEAP which was started by GNSPF along with the support from OGQ and technical partner GFG. This project was started in 2017 that had trained aspiring shooters from all over the country. Trainees from this project went ahead and won 49 junior international medals and 42 national medals by the eight shooters representing India for the past two years. They also made seven new world records.
This project also introduced Elavenil Valarivan, who is number one in world athletes in January 2020. The program has received a massive response in the three years and aims at getting ten medals for India in shooting at the Olympics 2024. Gun for Glory takes pride in the LEAP students who have made two World records.
India’s Air Rifle Women team that took part in ISSF World Championship 2018 comprised all the LEAP students. They did not only represent the country but also won several individual and team medals, making a new world record.