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No stopping child archer Dolly Shivani

For Shivani, the U.S. sojourn was her second overseas trip

For Shivani, the U.S. sojourn was her second overseas trip   | Photo Credit: CH_VIJAYA BHASKAR

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Armed with a new bow, she will now train in South Dakota

City’s popular archer Dolly Shivani is back from the United States after undergoing a week-long training at the Lancaster indoor archery stadium in Pennsylvania under the supervision of former Mexico National coach and chairman of the Robinhood Archery Academy Natty Jamie.

Five-year-old Shivani, a student of KKR Gowtham School, won national medals in the u-9 cadet segment and went to the U.S. to attend the première of the short film Shivani made on her by Walt Disney-sponsored director Jamie Dobie.

Second trip

“The 12-minute-long film was screened at MoMA’s International Film Festival in New York and the Indian diaspora made a beeline for the venue to watch it. I wanted to make use of the U.S. trip and sought the help of my friend Natty, who agreed to coach my daughter at Lancaster,” said Ch. Satyanarayana, Shivani’s father and chairman of the city-based Volga Archery Academy.

For Shivani, the U.S. sojourn was her second overseas trip and during her maiden visit to Bangkok (Thailand), she participated in the girls’ cadet segment of the world indoor archery championship as a special invitee.

“After the week-long training, Mr. Natty gave her a latest recurve bow made of metal, replacing the wooden bow she was using. As of now, Shivani is able to shoot from a distance 30 metres but she needs to graduate to 50 metres to take part in the sub-junior category. The new bow will help her meet the distance.”

Mr. Natty also helped Mr. Satyanatayana enroll his daughter in the South Dakota Archery Academy. where she will be trained for one month in August. “Shivani, after completing her exams, will leave for her training where she will grasp the latest techniques of the recurve segment.”

Shivani set two records in archery in 2017 by entering the India Book of Records and the Asian Book of Records. The young archer fired 103 arrows at a target from a distance of 10 metres in just 11 minutes and 19 seconds.

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