Shreyasi Singh is an international level trap shooter who made the country proud by winning the gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The victory brought her into the spotlight, but there are myriad aspects of her life that aren’t well-known. She has participated in events such as single trap, double trap, TR75, TR125W, and DT120, and has had an interesting journey in the last few years.
From her early life to her passion for cooking, we explore the interesting biography of Shreyasi Singh.
Shreyasi Singh Biography
Shooting (Double Trap)
Date of Birth
29 August 1991
Paramjit Singh Sodhi, Mansher Singh
Digvijay Singh and Putul Kumari
Shreyasi comes from a very strong sporting and political background. Both, her grandfather Kumar Surendra Singh and father Digvijay Singh, have served as President of the National Rifle Association of India. Her father was a former Member of Parliament from Bihar. Her mother, Putul Singh, is also a former MP from Bihar. She has an elder sister, Mansi Singh.
Her grandfather encouraged her to pursue shooting. Shreyasi was fortunate to get guidance from Olympian Mansher Singh. Right after her 10th std exams, she started training hard. She has always been tremendously inspired by Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and received a lot of encouragement from him.
Throughout her college education at Hansraj College in Delhi, she received support and help from her authorities. This enabled her to successfully complete her Graduation in Arts. She further went on to pursue an MBA from Manav Rachna International University.
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The Difficult Period
Just when she had started her senior career, Shreyasi lost her father due to a brain haemorrhage. It was a very trying period for the family and Singh couldn’t give her full focus to the shooting. She showed immense strength, picked herself up, and came back stronger. Extra hard work and tweaking her technique helped her get back into the game.
Shreyasi won the yellow metal at the National Shooting Championships in 2012. In 2013, she participated in the Trap Shooting World Cup in Mexico. Here, she finished at the 15th position.
Shreyasi’s medal-winning streak began in 2014. She won the bronze medal at the Incheon Asian Games. She found success in the double trap event. In 2017, Shreyasi won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships.
The Golden Moment
“I was definitely nervous but at the same time confident. Does that make sense? Actually, I was prepared for a fight, I was not going to give up no matter what. I would have fought until whatever time it was necessary to get this medal. If you ask me what I feel right now, it is pure happiness,” she told PTI after her historical gold at CWG 2018.
— APN NEWS (@apnnewsindia) April 11, 2018
Shreyasi had her golden moment at the 2018 CWG in Gold Coast, Australia. She shot a 96 to clench the gold medal from Australian Emma Cox.
“This is the highest medal of my career, right up there. It is also very special because shooting is not going to be a part of the Commonwealth Games in 2022,” Singh told NDTV in an interview after her win.
She has previously participated in the tournament in 2010 and 2014 as well. In 2010, she missed out on the podium finish as came sixth and seventh in trap and pair trap events respectively.
“She took up shooting in 2006 and forayed into professional trapshooting from 2007, after which she won a gold medal in the junior single trap event in the national shooting competition in 2008. Shreyasi is currently ranked 18 in the world ranking in women’s trap,” proud sister Mansi told TOI after her 2010 win.
Interesting Facts about Shreyasi Singh
- While pursuing her graduation in arts, Singh failed her Philosophy exams thrice! However, she was extremely determined to get her degree. Her teachers also helped her and she cleared her exams.
- Coming from a strong political background, it isn’t surprising that she is inclined towards a career in the field. If she hadn’t pursued shooting, she would have entered politics. Even now, she has plans to join politics in the future.
- Lil Wayne is her favourite rapper. Her favourite movies include Kaminey, Transformers, and 2012.
- Shreyasi loves to relax by binge-watching some of her favs such as FRIENDS and How I Met Your Mother, whenever she finds the time.
- Another lesser known fact about Shreyasi is that she is an amazing cook. Her speciality is Mughlai cuisine.
Awards and Achievements
Arjuna Award, 2018
|2014||Glasgow, Scotland||Double Trap||Silver|
|2018||Gold Coast, Australia||Double Trap||Gold|
|2014||Incheon, South Korea||Double Trap Team||Bronze|
|2017||Brisbane, Australia||Double Trap||Silver|
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) April 11, 2018
— Doordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) April 11, 2018
12 gold medals & counting… keep them coming, sports stars!
So proud of #ShreyasiSingh. Many congratulations! Your gold winning performance in the women double trap at #GC2018 was stellar. Well done! #WomenWhoMatter pic.twitter.com/EuuSTxJzkR
— The Art of Living (@ArtofLiving) April 12, 2018
Shreyasi has faced many instances where people assumed that she got better opportunities due to her family’s political clout. Not the one to be deterred by such assumptions, she has continued working hard.
Though her family has a shooting background, success only comes to those who give it all. Shreyasi has worked for hours to better her technique and reach the position she is in today.
There are going to be many wondrous moments for her in the future as well. Her journey as a shooting champion has just begun. We cannot wait to see her make us Indians proud by winning many more medals at the international level!
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