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Under-13 Tri-Series
Cricket Academy-16 enter final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
Guljinder Singh steered Sector 16 Cricket Academy to a 32-run victory with a superb knock of 62 runs and two wickets against DAV School, Sector 8, in the last league match of the Under-13 Tri-Series at CCA Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, here today.

With this win, the academy reached to final of the tournament.

After winning the toss, Sector 16 academy elected to bat first and scored 144 in the allotted 25 over for the loss of eight wickets.

Displaying good batting skills, Guljinder Singh hit valuable 62 runs. He was well supported by Nipan, who made 22 runs for the team.

Shivam was the highest wicket-taker, snapping three for 63, while Akshay claimed two for 55 for the DAV.

Chasing the target, DAV School could only score 112 in the stipulated overs.

They also lost eight wickets in the process.

Shubham and Harpreet were the main scorers with 20 runs each.

For the DAV, Guljinder and Paranab took two wickets each for 30 and 34 runs, respectively.

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Shooter par excellence
Rajay Deep

Chandigarh, July 2
Hitting the bull’s eye is in her blood and she has proved this with her achievements. A 12th standard student of Dashmesh Girls Senior Secondary Public School, Badal, Preeti Tomar has created a niche for herself in the shooting arena.

This budding shooter was in the city to participate in the 8th Punjab State Inter-School Shooting Championship held at the Mohali shooting range, Phase 6.

Living up to everybody’s expectations, she secured first position, scoring 384/400 points in the peep sight air rifle (ISSF) event in junior women section.

Preeti took to the game at the age of 11 years, following in the footsteps of her grandmother, who was also a national shooter.

And there has been no looking back for her ever since, as this 17-year-old shooter has made many a mark in the game.

Representing the country in the Junior Air Gun Shooting Competition at Hungary this year, Preeti put up an impressive show, finishing fifth in her first international outing.

She also bagged 10th position in 10-metre air rifle in the Junior Air Gun Shooting Competition at Germany in January.

Besides, she displayed her finesse during the All-India Inter-School Championship in 2006, where she set a new record by scoring 391/400 points to clinch the gold in the junior category. She broke her own record of 390 points in the process.

In 2005, she astonished everyone by setting a new record in the sub-junior category of the same championship.

She also took part in the 50th National Shooting Championship held at Indore this year.

“Earlier, I tried air pistol but could not make a mark there. Then I switched over to air rifle and took part in a district-level air rifle championship in 2005. Impressed with my performance with the rifle, everyone suggested me to participate in air rifle events. This motivated me to leave air pistol shooting and take to air rifle shooting,” said Preeti.

Preeti added: “The game demands a lot of concentration, extraordinary balance, coordination of mind, body and stability, which is the key to hitting the target.”

To keep her going, she practises yoga two hours in the morning and one-and-half hour in the evening every day. “If I miss the practice schedule for even three days it makes me uncomfortable,” said Preeti.

Expressing her weak points, she quipped: “Sometimes I feel pressured and my hands start shaking,” said the shooter.

Veer Paul Kaur, a coach with the Sports Authority of India, was all praise for her protege. “Her style of holding the rifle is impressive. She is also very hard working and her passion will take her a long way in the sport,” she said.

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Grooming future tennis stars
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
The city has become a flourishing nursery of tennis players with the presence of various top class tennis academies here. Around 10 academies here cater to over 1,000 budding players in various groups.

At the Total Tennis Academy at YMCA, Sector 11, around 150 young tennis aspirants have been honing their skills.

Inspired by L.D. Kapoor, a renowned tennis coach, the academy, which started in 1995 and is one of the oldest academies of the city, has produced many national and international players.

“We have seven qualified coaches who look after all training aspects, including fitness and yoga, of the players,” says Davinder Kapoor, chairman of the academy.

“As tennis is one of the most popular sports in the country, more and more children are taking to the sport. We have players from all age groups, who want to make it big,” adds Kapoor.

On infrastructure, he says the academy has seven courts (six clay and one hard) and a practice wall. A ball throwing machine, speed guns and video cameras are also available to trainees.

Kapoor says: “We were the first organisation to conduct a sporting tie between India and Pakistan in 2004 and then the whole country followed. We also started wheelchair tennis tournament and ‘Ace of the Aces’, a tournament for the highest speed of serves, in the region.”

The academy has organised over 50 district, state and national-level tournaments so far, he added.

The academy also has a training centre at Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, where four courts have been set up to facilitate players of the southern sectors.

On the fee structure, he says they have been charging Rs 1,000 from a player below 12 years and Rs 1,500 from the rest. “We do not get any aid or funds from anybody. For providing all facilities, including tennis balls, the fee is quite nominal,” says Kapoor.

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Tennis academy at Chandigarh Club
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
A state-of-the-art tennis academy was inaugurated at Chandigarh Club, Sector 2, today. It was inaugurated by club president Mukesh Bassi.

The academy, opened to cater to the needs of tennis players, houses four clay, four grass and two synthetic courts.

“We earlier allowed only club members to play on our courts but now we have established a full-fledged academy to facilitate budding tennis players from the city and around,” said Bassi after the inauguration of the academy.

Two renowned coaches - Robin and Birbal - along with five assistant coaches will supervise at the academy, added Bassi.

“We want our coaches and sports officials to look after each member of the academy in best possible way. We will ensure that our members get proper time to hone their skills at the academy. For the purpose, the academy will have regular morning and evening sessions,” said Bassi.

The president ensured that other facilities conforming to international standards would be added later on.

Around 40 members have joined the academy so far. “We have got over 100 queries about the membership already. Our endeavour will be to give membership to serious sportspersons so that the courts are not overcrowded,” said Bassi.

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