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Avani Lekhara

Shooting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH1

Further personal information

Residence
Jaipur, IND
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Hindi
Higher education
Law - University of Rajasthan: Jaipur, IND

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began shooting in 2015 at Jagatpura Sports Complex in Jaipur, India.
Why this sport?
Her father encouraged her to get involved in a sport, and she initially tried both shooting and archery. She found she enjoyed shooting more, and was also inspired by Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra after reading his book.

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
India
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Al Ain, UAE

General interest

Hobbies
Listening to music, watching films and television, cooking, baking, spending time with her family. (Twitter profile, 27 Feb 2019; NewsX YouTube channel, 06 Jun 2020)
Hero / Idol
Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra. (thebridge.in, 26 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing those cards you hold well." (Twitter profile, 27 Feb 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she was named Most Promising Paralympic Athlete by the GoSports Foundation in India. (GoSports Foundation Twitter profile, 14 Dec 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (thebridge.in, 26 Nov 2019)
Impairment
She sustained spinal cord injuries in a car accident in 2012. (thebridge.in, 26 Nov 2019)
Other information
COVID-19 IMPACT
Speaking in 2020 she said that the COVID-19 pandemic had not only affected her shooting training, but was having an impact on her essential physiotherapy routine. "As someone with a spinal cord disability, I don't have any feeling below my waist. I still need to exercise my legs every day. I used to have a physio who would come to my home daily to help me exercise and stretch my legs. Since then it's my parents who have to help me with those exercises. They do the best they can. My physiotherapist has to travel from across Jaipur [India] to come to where I stay. It's a long way for her to travel. For shooting training, as I can't do live firing at home, I am doing a lot of dry firing and wall holding which we can do without pellets and ammunition. And these will also build my core muscles." (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 24 Jun 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Cheongju 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships (Cheongju, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
R2 - Women's 10m Air Rifle standing SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 16
R6 - Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 20
R3 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 10
R8 - Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 9
Team R6 - Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 6