In Jammu, one may ordinarily not even know about sporting events such as shooting, let alone Shooting championships. But as the gnome goes, where there is a will, you will end up finding a way.
Kavya won a gold in the 10 metre event in the recently concluded State Shooting Championship at Gulshan Ground in Jammu. When asked how she found her interests bending towards shooting, she chirped with excitement,
“I love going to exhibitions and fairs and used to find the shooting counters the most exciting. I tried my luck many times and won the small prizes available. That is where I found my love for shooting. I pestered my father for two years but we did not know where to find a coach.”
Kavya’s mother, Mrs. Pooja Kochhar chimed in to say, ”We had realised that she was good but we had no idea where to find a facility for shooting or for that matter a coach in Jammu. Finally we had a lead in finding Vijay Sir, who helps to hone the talents of budding shooters and Kavya has been training under him for two months now.”
Kavya is in the 8th standard and goes to Presentation Convent School. Kavya takes time out daily to go practice shooting for two hours and now is aiming to compete at the nationals.
This talent powerhouse has multiple other hobbies and has won ten trophies in various Guitar playing competitions, makes lovely paintings (posted below), plays cricket, has a diploma in martial arts, has participated in Karate Nationals won quizzes and that is not the end of the prowess of this young girl who has just entered her teenage years.
As far as shooting goes, Kavya says that her maternal grandfather is her inspiration. He is the one who has motivated her the most to take up shooting as a sport. She was thankful to Jammu District Rifle Association which holds these shooting events, inspire youngsters to participate.
Kavya’s mother had a great suggestion for other parents. Mrs. Kochhar firmly believes that all parents are definitely interested in seeing their children shine but often end up limiting their skills by stressing too much on education. There is the school first and then there are tuitions that do not leave the kids with any time. She added that parents should promote the culture of extra-curricular activities in their children as it is a must for the overall development of an individual.
U4UVoice wishes Kavya Kochhar all the best in her future endeavours.
Here are some of her paintings at display