Pistol prodigy Esha Singh, adjudged the BYJU’s ‘Young Athlete of the Year (Female)‘ at the Sportstar Aces Awards 2022 on March 19, was presented with a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh and a Casio G-Shock watch.
Sportstar will track the progress of the BYJU’s Young Athletes – Esha and Nihal Sarin, throughout the year. We will bring you their updated rankings, highlights from the past month, expert views on their latest performances and more.
With the National Games coming up, Esha is currently putting her shoulder to the wheel, firing away at her home range in Telangana.
Aside from shooting, her father Sachin says, the 17-year-old is also concentrating on a lot more of physical training. When asked whether there was a change in Esha’s practice schedule, her father said. “No, absolutely not. I don’t think anything needs to be added. She will be doing the routine stuff. I am looking at the physical aspect more... making her much stronger.”
He explains, “It’s because we are in the building stage right now. She is working towards that with a personal physio. In shooting, you need not have too much of weight training. Just lifting light weights will do. The muscles need to like that of a fish. You cannot have stiff muscles. You should be flexible. So, less of weight and more of cardio and stretching. You can look to do yoga.”
Esha, who is currently leading the junior Indian team in all five events - 10m air pistol mixed, team and women and 25m pistol team and women - continues to train with mental coach Vaibhav Agashe. “Yes, she is still doing it. But it is not a regular thing. The sessions depend on whether she needs it,” Sachin says.
Esha’s first event at the National Games in Gujarat -25m pistol women- is scheduled to take place on October 1 at the Rifle Club in Khanpur, Ahmedabad.