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Rubina Francis

Shooting

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
SH1

Further personal information

Residence
Jabalpur, IND
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2015 at the Gun For Glory Shooting Academy in Jabalpur, India.
Why this sport?
She was discovered through a talent search organised by the Gun For Glory Shooting Academy in India. "I wanted to do something else besides study in school. Gun for Glory Academy came to my school to advertise shooting and I told my father I wanted to do this. So I registered myself and I got selected. That is how the interest developed. My parents backed me and that is how I took up shooting. The journey started from there."
Club / Team
Purnatva Academy of Sports Shooting: India
Name of coach
Subhash Rana [national]

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
India
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Dubai, UAE

General interest

Nicknames
Palak (Facebook profile, 17 Sep 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. "We still see in our country that girls are not given as much freedom. But my parents never stopped me. They never stopped me from going to various competitions. When you are getting this kind of support, you feel validated in your choices. You feel as if you are on the right track." (thebridge.in, 19 Aug 2021; firstpost.com, 26 Jun 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport is everything to me, my life, my career, my status, everything. Sport gave me a different perspective on things and helped me make my nation proud." (thebridge.in, 19 Aug 2021)
Impairment
She was born with an impairment to her leg. (firstpost.com, 26 Jun 2021)
Other information
COVID REBOUND
In May 2021 she was one of a number of Indian Para shooters to contract COVID-19 while at a training camp in the country. She was unable to train for more than a month, until days before the World Cup event in Lima, Peru, where she won gold in the women's SH1 10m air pistol and secured a quota place for India for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "It affected our training. It was also mentally exhausting. At that time I felt my chances were much less, there was a lot of negativity. But when you have a strong base, you can overcome anything like that. We got to train for just five days in Peru. Even till the end, I did not know the quota would come along with the win." (khelnow.com, 17 Jul 2021; firstpost.com, 26 Jun 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Cheongju 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships (Cheongju, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
P2 - Women's 10m Air Pistol SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 10
Team P2 - Women's 10m Air Pistol SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 4