Swami Rama Himalayan University honors Shourya Saini

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Dateline Dehradun: Deaflympics 2022 Bronze Medalist, Shourya Saini, was handed over Rs 4 Lakh by the Vice Chancellor Dr Vijay Dhasmana to celebrate his spectacular achievement.

Shourya Saini, a first year Baslp (Bachelor of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology) student at Swami Rama Himalayan University has done Uttarakhand and India proud, by clinching a Bronze Medal in 10m Air Rifle shooting event in Brazil held in May this year. He finished third with 622.7 points.

To honour his achievement Vice Chancellor of Swami Rama Himalayan University, Dr Vijay Dhasmana, gifted him a cheque of Rs 4 lakh, to help Shourya buy his personal practice Air Rifle which will be delivered to him in September.

When Dr Dhasmana learnt that I have difficulty in practicing due to lack of a personal Air Rifle, he very kindly offered to support me in my journey,” shared an elated Shourya. “I want the world to know him by his abilities, not his disability,” states Dr Dhasmana. “He is nothing short of a brand ambassador for our youth,” he added.

The father-son duo travel to Delhi every weekend, as Shourya needs to practice for other events on a 50-meter shooting range, unavailable in Doon. But Shourya believes that hard things are put in his way, not to discourage him, “I want youngsters like me to see that that they shouldn’t let a disability get in the way of their dreams,” Shourya avers. “I believe that the impediments in our way are only there to strengthen us. Therefore I don’t need things easy. I need things possible.”

His father SC Saini informs that Shourya’s coach too lives in Delhi. “So we do not mind travelling regularly. It’s not an issue with us. His passion for his sport is like a mechanism for health and endurance. He was truly determined and totally focused on his training. In such a short span of time he became part of the Indian team and went on to represent India at Brazil.”

The next goal for the champion is a Gold Medal at the Olympics and Deaflympics together.