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Rimil Hembram is happy to make a bright comeback after a gap of 6 years

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Rimil Hembram is one of those three-member Bengal women’s recurve archery teams that created history by winning the gold medal in the recently-concluded senior national championship in Gujarat. She already won several medals in the national-level competition including sub-junior, junior, and senior categories. She even represented India in the Youth World Championship. Rimil Hembram also trains under the tutelage of Olympian Rahul Banerjee at DRB Academy in Kolkata.

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The Beginning

Rimil who originally lives in the remote village of Kulepara, in Burdwan, West Bengal hails from the Santhal family. Even though her ancestors had the tradition of hunting with the help of a bow and arrow made of bamboo, Rimil did not have any idea about modern archery. Rather she loved athletics. She won prizes in the long jump in district-level competitions. But she was fond of living in a hostel and was lured by the opportunity to appear for a selection trial at the SAI center, she got admitted to the SAI hostel at Bolpur where she started learning about archery. Rimil said,

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“I was in SAI from 2011 to 2016. I won several medals including a trip to China with the Indian team to participate in Youth World Championship. Then I started coaching also.”

Goodbye to Archery

Rimil had to stop coaching as she did not have the bow. Her father Raghu Hembram was a low-salaried employee and as Rimil was not getting any job also, her father was gradually becoming impatient and frustrated also. Rimil said,

“My father refused to give me money to buy the bow and arrow, asking me to get married and settle. So I said goodbye to archery after long six years and I came back to training in 2021 again after my marriage. Following encouragement from my husband Shibshankar Mandi and his family members, I resumed training at DRB Academy. One of the small businessmen in my village presented me with the modern imported recurve bow that I am still using. I could not have returned to archery if my husband had not supported me.”

Rimil Hembram’s Aim

Rimil Hembram has the desire to represent the country in the senior age group and win medals also. She added,

“I have represented India at the junior level once and my aim is to represent the country at the senior level.” 

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