ASHER NORIA, 19, Shooter
“My dream is to make it to the Olympics and win a medal for India”
While his classmates were busy watching films, hanging out with friends and generally being teenagers, Asher Noria was already winning prestigious shooting titles. “The sport has made me an individual with a clear cut goal—to put India on the Olympic podium,” he says. It all started when he accompanied his father, Gusti Noria, a skeet shooter—to the Afro-asian Games, Hyderabad, 2002. Since then their trips to the shooting range became more frequent. The winning spree that followed brought Asher the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games, 2010, the impressive score of 146/150 at the Junior World Championship, 2010 (a world record at the time), bronze medal at the Asian Games, 2010 and so many more.
TARGET FOCUS He has recently enrolled himself at Georgia Tech University, USA and will graduate as an industrial engineer in two and a half years. “I will return for good in 2014 and so hopefully I can use the two years after that to focus on the 2016 Olympics,” says Noria who will soon start practicing at a shooting range in Atlanta.
“I have coached many teams across the world but I must say it’s rare to come across someone so young and with such calibre” MARCELLO DRADI, SHOOTING COACH