Chennai: Indian Bank celebrates the inspiring achievement and indomitable spirit of sharp para shooter Pooja Agarwal on her victory at the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup held at Lima, Peru where she added two silver medals to her long list of victories . Working as a Manager at Indian Bank, Pooja continues to train at Dr. Karni Singh Shooting range 40 km from Home under purnatva shooting academy with Mr. Subhash Rana as coach at SportzCraft (Delhi), for international para pistol shooting and represents India at a global level.
Pooja, 35 had met with a tragic accident and suffered a trilateral amputation in the year 2012. She started shooting in the year 2016 after joining the Bank in the year 2014. Since then, she is leading an inspirational journey as a specially abled sharp shooter by beating down all the challenges. From struggling with her day to day chores to become a fiercely independent woman, Pooja’s journey demonstrates sheer resilience and willpower to fight against the odds and create a mark for herself, her Bank and her Country The pandemic propelled her to launch her own Youtube channel ‘Pooja Agarrwal PCreations’ to educate and encourage other specially abled individuals to lead an independent life by overpowering the challenges and undertake tasks smartly without impeding their day to day activities.
Pooja Agarwal’s sporting passion is Shooting-10m Air Pistol (SH1A) and she ranks 12th in the world and 11th in Asia amongst para shooters. In 2017, Pooja won her first international medal at the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in Al Ain, UAE for 10m air pistol event. The same year, she also won Silver medal in the 10m Air Pistol event at the 61st National Shooting Championship (2017). Later she went on to win a Gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol event at the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup (2018).
Pooja Agarwal, Manager at Indian Bank and Para Shooter said, “I am thrilled to have won two silver medals at the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup. Even though I was dealt a bad hand, I learnt to adapt, fight against the odds and lead an independent life. During the course of the pandemic, I have taken it upon myself to support and educate other specially abled individuals to lead a normal life through my Youtube videos. I’m also grateful to Indian Bank for having given wings to my dreams and championing my cause. I truly believe that if you’re determined to work towards your dream, sky’s the limit! I aspire to win the 2021 Paraolympic Gold for India and bring laurels to our India Bank as well as empower specially abled people across the nation.”
Ms Padmaja Chunduru, CEO, Indian Bank, said, “We are extremely proud to have Pooja represent the nation at an international event and win accolades for her exemplary performance. Such success stories deserve to be retold and the valiant efforts of the young achiever should be lauded. We, at Indian Bank believe in encouraging talent and creating an inclusive environment for all our valuable employees. Indian Bank will strive to encourage excellence amongst its employees and motivate them to achieve their personal goals and attain holistic growth.”