GAUSWAMI Lajja < Back  
Sport Shooting
CGA India   
Gender Women
Born 28 Aug 1988 in Anand, IND
Height1.66 m
Weight 67 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence India
Occupation Student
Languages English
Higher education Psychology
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? Her father was a policeman, and she was fascinated by his revolver. "[His] revolver always drew me to it".
Club / Team Gujarat : India
Handedness Right
General Interest
Hobbies Mountaineering, rowing. (issf-sports.org, 02 Aug 2010)
Hero / Idol Kiran Bedi, social activist and the first woman to join the Indian Police Service. "I want to be like her," Gauswami said. (indiatoday.intoday.in, 18 Jun 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Where there is a will, there is a way." (worldsnap.com, 12 Mar 2010)
Awards and honours In 2009 she was awarded the Raksha Mantri medal by the deputy director general of the National Cadet Corps for being the first cadet to make it to an international shooting competition. (gujaratirocks.com, 04 Jun 2009)
Ambitions Once she has achieved her ambitions in shooting, she wants to join the Indian Police Service like her hero, Kiran Bedi. (indiatoday.intoday.in, 18 Jun 2010)
Other information FINANCIAL STRUGGLE
Shooting is an expensive sport, she says. "One needs a lot of money to excel in it. Unfortunately, my family cannot support me and the government is also not doing anything. The only support I have is from the Mittal Champions Trust, supported by steel magnate Lakshmi Niwas Mittal, that supports athletes and sportspeople," she said, adding that there were times when she had to borrow a weapon to participate in competitions. "There was a time when I could not practise because I couldn't even afford the bullets." She also does not have a personal coach, and says she needs one to achieve better results. (indiatoday.intoday.in, 18 Jun 2010)