India has a rich history to reckon with archery. In mythological epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana, bow and arrow is mentioned as one of the most important weapons, so much so that almost everyone knew the art of archery. It is may, therefore, be this inheritance that makes archery come naturally to us. One must agree that women have been at the lead of this journey. One such name is Jyothi Surekha Vennam. Here is Jyothi Surekha Vennam biography.
You must have read this name recently. Jyothi Surekha Vennam produced a magnificent show to help India bag two bronze medals in the compound women’s section of Archery World Championships in month of June. The 23-year-old is a young prodigy in archery and is termed to be a rising star in the sport. Hours of rigorous training, grit and concentration on the game is what Jyothi has been mastering over the years. Her methodical and disciplined practice has elevated her to the present position in the recent ranking bringing pride to India on to the international platform. Take a look at Jyothi Surekha Vennam biography.
Jyothi Surekha Vennam
Date of Birth
July 3, 1996
Five feet six inches
16 (According to World Archery)
Jyothi Surekha Vennam Biography
Jyothi was born in Hyderabad on July 3, 1996 to Vennam Surendran Kumar and Sri Durga. Her father is a former Kabaddi player and now a veterinary doctor in Vijayawada and mother is a housewife. Jyothi completed her schooling and intermediate from Nalanda Institute.
According to some reports, she is currently pursuing MBA at KL University after completing her B Tech course. It was her father, who forced Jyothi into archery in 2007. With immense hard work and practice she carved her name as a junior archer and won World Championship and Asian Championship at the early age.
Love for archery
Jyothi was a swimmer but later gave up the sport and took archery as profession. Since breathing techniques are beneficial in sport of archery, many experts says that her expertise in swimming has helped her in archery a lot.
She started participating in international competitions since 2011. Jyothi trains at the Volga Archery Academy in Vijayawada. Surekha, a detection of former India coach Ch. Lenin, first made headlines at the age of 13. At 13 she clinched five medals at the Mexican Grand Prix archery competition.
Many will not believe that this young prodigy has been a sub-junior, junior, national level champion of India at the age of 16. She bagged three out of three gold medals in the National competitions establishing herself as a real challenger in 2012. She shoots arrows to an average score of 9.46, which is considered good by the international standards.
|World Archery Championships||Bronze||Hertogenbosch||2019|
|World Archery Championships||Bronze||Mexico City||2017|
|Asian Archery Championships||Gold||Bangkok||2015|
|Asian Archery Championships||Gold||Dhaka||2017|
|Asian Archery Championships||Bronze||Tehran||2011|
|World Youth Archery Championships||Bronze||Wuxi||2013|
Lesser known facts
- When Jyoti was four, she set a record in the Limca Book for having swum across River Krishna thrice in three hours 20 minutes and six seconds.
- She has travelled around 15 countries for her tournaments.
- She once quoted. “Archery is an expensive sport and there were moments when I thought my parents are spending too much for me. But my father would say, ‘When you’re trying to achieve something big, we shouldn’t worry much about finances’. He would just ask me to focus on the result.”
- The right-handed archer has hobbies such as reading books and listening music.
- A stadium stand in Andhra Pradesh has been named after her.
- In 2017, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu (former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh) awarded her a cash prize of Rs one crore.
- She has been awarded Arjuna Award for her achievements in the field of archery.
- Surekha is the youngest to be awarded with this prestigious award in South India. She is also the first athlete to receive it after the Andhra Pradesh state divergence.
- She created new national record in 39th Senior Nationals held in Odisha this year. Her score 706 is a new Indian record in nationals.
- At 13, Jyothi won an Olympic round gold medal at the Mexican Grand Prix.
The ‘brother-sister’ pair
Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam is the only ‘brother-sister’ pair that forms a perfect archery team. Delhi based Abhishek and Andhra’s Jyothi have complete different backgrounds but they have been winning medals consistently in the mixed compound event. The pair has won the silver at the Asian Championships in 2017 and four bronze in all four World Cups in 2018. “Abhishek bhaiyya is like a brother to me. We gel maybe because we’ve been attending national camps together since 2012,” says 23-year-old Jyothi once quoted.