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The success stories of archery originating from the city enticed this Maharashtrian teenager to make Vijayawada her second home

Being one among top eight women archers is not an easy achievement for a teenager. The feat is especially laudable for a girl who stays far away from home in a training academy.

Meet Purvasha Sudhir Shinde, a native of Amaravati in Maharashtra, who made Vijayawada her second home since 2011. A budding archer in Amaravati, Purvasha was upset about dearth of quality coaching there and decided to join the Volga Archery Academy under the tutelage of the late Indian coach Cherukuri Lenin.

“She came to know about the exploits of Lenin as a coach and the success stories of the academy tempted her to pack her bags and come here,” says the academy chairman Ch. Satyanarayana. The Academy offers both education and archery. Purvasha put her heart and soul in the bow and arrow sport and went on to become mini national champion in 2012.  

At the age of 13, Purvasha excelled in scoring big scores and went on to represent Andhra Pradesh in the sub-junior and junior nationals much to the surprise of the game’s administrators. By winning team gold and individual silver in the sub-junior national event at Rajasthan, this young girl announced her arrival on the big stage.

“Purvasha is mentally strong. Compound archery is all about mechanised bows with a good number of knobs and screws. She finds it difficult to hold the bow in the Olympic round where the release time is less. She also has some discomfort with regard to timing,” says Satyanarayana.

Purvasha, along with Geethika Lakshmi, K. Jyoshna, Anusha and Kavya is honing her skills under the watchful eyes of coaches J. Rama Rao and L. Chandrasekhar from Jharkhand. The girl reached her first milestone when she was selected to represent India in the senior segment at the World Cup State II championship at Columbia. “Archery Association of India had taken a decision to send second rung archers to the World Cup tourneys as the fringe players needed the all-important exposure. World Cup Stage 1 to 4 events will be held from this month and we will be sending the second rung archers along with the top eight archers,” says Satyanarayana.

Compound archery is all about mechanised bows with a good number of knobs and screws

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