Further Personal Information
||Husband Ronak Pandit
||English, Hindi, Punjabi
||Dentistry - Gian Sagar Medical College: Patiala, IND
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||She began shooting in 2006.
|Why this sport?
||"My uncle had a business in guns so that was how I was exposed to pistols from my childhood. It was in 2006, while I was preparing for my pre-medical entrance exams that I thought of shooting, just as a hobby. At that time it was only meant as a distraction from a hectic schedule, including hours of studying. I never thought that this is what I would eventually end up doing for the rest of my life. But when I decided to take up shooting my family supported me wholeheartedly. And the rest is history."
|Club / Team
||Oil and Natural Gas Corporation of India: India
|Name of coach
||Ved Prakash Pilaniya [national], IND; Ronak Pandit [husband], IND
||Right eye, right hand
||Painting, drawing. (Facebook page, 22 Mar 2018)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Being ranked number one in the world in April 2014. (heenasidhu.com, 24 Feb 2018)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"It is very important to be consistent. You may not shoot very high scores but if your progress is steady, then it is not a problem. It should not be a one-off high followed by a lot of lows." (indiatimes.com, 15 Apr 2014)
|Awards and honours
||In February 2018 she was named in the India '30 Under 30' list by the Forbes Magazine. (inuth.com, 05 Feb 2018)
In 2014 she was presented with the Arjuna Award by the Indian government. (firstpost.com, 18 Feb 2018)
||Her husband Ronak Pandit competed in shooting for India at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Her father Rajveer, her mother Rominder Kaur and her brother Karanbir have also represented India in shooting. (bhaskar. catchnews.com, 02 Dec 2017; sportscelebfamily.com, 01 Apr 2017)
||To win a medal at the Olympic Games. (Facebook page, 22 Mar 2018)
She and her husband Ronak Pandit, a gold medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, VIC, Australia, have set up shooting centres in Mumbai and Pune in India to promote the sport among young people. "When I started shooting in 2006, there were no coaches who understood the art and science of shooting. I learnt pistol shooting by reading articles and watching videos of elite shooters on the internet. I was fortunate to understand the basics of pistol shooting from these articles and videos, but still I had to make a lot of changes in my technique as I started competing at high levels, mostly because I did not have an experienced coach to guide me as a beginner. Because of the challenges that I faced in the formative years of my shooting career, it was always my dream to help the young talent of this country in understanding the sport of pistol shooting." (heenasidhu.com, 01 Jan 2018)