Sriharsha Devaraddi Ramakrishna

Shooting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH2

Further personal information

Family
Wife Shobha, one son
Residence
India

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began shooting Para sport in 2016. "I competed in my first nationals in Kerala without any equipment and won a bronze medal in 2017."
Why this sport?
"I began driving a modified car in 2016. Once we were driving past a shooting academy when my son said he wanted to look around. When he came back, the shooting instructor was also with him and soon I was introduced to Para shooting. I couldn't do pistol shooting as my hand is curled. I chose the rifle instead as I could use a modified trigger."
Club / Team
Elite Shooting Club: India
Name of coach
JP Nautiyal [national]

General interest

Most influential person in career
His wife. (indianexpress.com, 13 Jun 2022)
Famous relatives
His wife Shobha has served as his loader at competitions. (indianexpress.com, 13 Jun 2022; Elite Shooting Club Instagram profile, 14 Jun 2021)
Impairment
He has quadriplegia as the result of a motorcycle accident in 2013 in Hubballi, India. "The Bus Rapid Transit System [BRTS] work between Hubballi and Dharwad was on then. I was not speeding but owing to the poor condition of the road, I skidded and landed on my neck with my helmet firmly strapped on. From there, I couldn't get up. I was a sportsman back in my college days and used to play badminton. However, after my accident, I felt the need to support myself and joined an NGO as a programme associate to conduct skill development classes. But the sportsman within me kept nudging me. I realised I would not fit into physically demanding sports. That is when I thought I should pursue shooting, where I could aim and shoot from a wheelchair." (indianexpress.com, 13 Jun 2022; timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 10 Nov 2020)
Other information
PREVIOUS OCCUPATION
He worked as an area manager for an insurance company prior to his accident. (indianexpress.com, 13 Jun 2022; deccanherald.com, 23 Mar 2021; timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 10 Nov 2020)