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2008 Pune Youth Games

Exclusive interview with Valerie Lefebvre

valerie_can_g_aruna_ind_s_fegue_cam_b.jpgValerie Lefebvre hails from Quebec, Canada and won Gold in the 58-63kg Weightlifting event at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune in Oct, 2008. She spent some time with team in Pune after her medal winning performance to throw some light on what got her into the sport, her preparation and other fun stuff that you'd expect from a teenager!

What she likes about her chosen sport is that you compete with yourself and push your own limits to improve. But weightlifting wasn't really her interest from day 1. Her younger sister Audrey was very keen on the sport and used to go with their father Luc to watch him train as he prepared for different sen


Wrestling Bronze for Babulall

johnathon_babulall.jpgBorn in February 1991 the diminutive Jonathon Babulall hardly looks a day over 12. However, this young Canadian has a lot of fight in him - he's an amateur wrestler winning the Bronze in the 42-kg category.

Jonathon started training when he was 15-years old and trains for about 2½ hours daily on an average. The mental side of preparation for him is to just think of it as having fun and treat it as a practice bout rather than anything seriously competitive.

He loves the competitiveness of the sport and the opportunities it affords for using his strengths as an advantage. Discovered in Gym class by his school P.E teacher who saw him fooling around with classmates much heavier than him and thought the kid had a


Huckle's Golden Hattrick

james_huckle.jpg18 year old James Huckle from Harlow, England is an ace shooter who considers Rifle Shooting to be challenging and fun! He started training at the age of 15 and trains for a marathon 6 hours a day on an average. This training certainly paid off at the Commonwealth Youth Games where James bagged three Golds.

At the national level James has participated in the British Championships (Senior) where he came first in the Air Rifle and small-bore events. His preparation for the Youth Games was no different from his usual preparation, of which he says the mental side is a very important part as is the physical. He goes to the gym 4 times a week. James doesn't follow a specific diet plan - just believes in eating 'healthily'. The venue is unli


Golden Girl - Rahi Sarnobat

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rahi_sarnobhat_profile.jpgRahi Jeevan Sarnobat will soon be turning that golden age kids dream of (18 ofcourse), but she had other occasions to celebrate recently.

Kolhapur born Rahi says "Shooting is my life" in an exclusive interview with, after bagging the Gold medal in the 25m Women's Pistol event in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune.

Training since she was 16 - from May 2007 to be exact, she normally puts in about 5-6 hours a day, sounding very 'teenager-ish' depending on her mood. Having already succeeded at the international level, she hopes to turn professional some day and compete at the highest level. "I've only just become, imagine how much better I'll be once I've trained for a few more years" she says.


Aqilah - Singapore's Shooting Star

aquilah_sing.jpg17 year old Aqilah Binte Sudhir from Singapore was the 1st person to strike Gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games 2008 held at Pune. In an exclusive interview with moments after winning the Gold medal in the Women's 10m Air Rifle, Aqilah spoke about her love for the intensity of the sport and the way it tests her ability to deliver under pressure of all sorts. Aqilah, who has been training feverishly since 2005, attributed her performance to the 2 hours of daily shooting practice and additional couple of hours of physical training she does every single day.

Also keen on participating in the 50m Prone and 50m 3 Position events, Aqilah has previously participated in the Asian shooting championship in Kuwait where she


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