The Topgun Shooting Academy is growing, and how. After the resounding success of its academies in Delhi, Raipur and Bilaspur, this centre of excellence, a brainchild of former India shooter Shimon Sharif, is in expansion mode and will be branching out to Gurgaon and Jaipur. The new facilities are expected to be operational from November 15.
Given India’s top-notch status in world shooting and the regular roll-out of champions, there is a growing demand among aficionados to be a part of this exciting journey. Add to it the sport’s profile which does not take into account age — anyone from eight to sixty-plus can enlist, the road ahead looks exciting for the sport.
The future is promising but to ensure that sound training is imparted, expert guidance is essential. With an impressive record behind him, Sharif has ensured that his pupils are sound in basics. Sharif was the first rifle shooter from Delhi to represent India at an ISSF World Cup and has over 100 medals to his name. In 2003, he was adjudged the “Best Rifle Shooter” and entered the Limca Book of Records.
Like Sharif’s know-how, the academies are equipped with the latest technology and equipment, and the track record is proof. Several shooters from the academy have already brought laurels to the country. In the list, the notable names are Shreya Saxena, Paarth Makhija and Shaurya Sarin, all of whom have won medals in international competitions.
There are a host of youngsters waiting to shine on the global stage. The immensely talented Visnu Shivaraj Pandian has already made a mark in the last National Championship held at Bhopal. And there is Pratyush Aman Barik. Both boys train at the Delhi branch under the personal guidance of Sharif.
“We follow a systematic training plan and also provide support during competitions in India and abroad. World-class training and best coaches in the country train and groom the shooters and ensure they achieve their potential,” said Sharif.
Topgun’s journey started in 2006 by Sharif with the aim of professionalizing coaching and making shooting accessible to the masses. The academy is always on the lookout for raw talent and moulding them into world beaters. The opening of the new centres will be a shot in the arm in this endeavor and Sharif’s vision of creating the next generation of champions.
Contact Topgun Shooting Academy at 011-41088098.