Avani Lekhara, Tokyo Paralympics Gold winning shooter bags ‘Best Female Debut ‘ honour at 2021 Paralympics awards. Avani Lekhara, shooter from Jaipur, Rajasthan sustained a spinal injury in a car accident in 2012 won the gold in the women’s 10m Air Rife Standing SH1 event earlier this year.

Along with gold she also hit a bronze in 50 metres air rifle three positions standing SH1 event. With this peculiar feat she became only women who bagged two medals at a single Paralympics.

Avani Lekhara

“It is an hour for me to win this award. The focus was always on giving my best shot and bringing back medals for my country and showing that anything is possible with hard work, dedication and passion,” said Avani in a video posted by the twitter handle of Paralympic Games. Recalling her experience of her maiden Paralympic Games, Avani Lekhara said she approach the competition, one shot at a time.

“It was a dream come true for me at that time. When I came back to India, I met a lot of people. I went back to my school and kids there came to me and said they are inspired by me and also want to take up sport. “It is amazing but with success comes a lot of responsibility,” she added. India won an unprecedented 19 medals at the Paralympic Games including five gold, eight silver and six bronze.


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