Mumbai: There is nothing that can stop Anjum Moudgil, as she believes that making amends to one’s mistakes will make humans perfect. Running out the Asian games medal chart, this shooter from Chandigarh, went on to become the first women in the country ever to win a medal (silver) at the ISSF World Cup in the 10m Air Rifle event, which showcases her determination and dedication in fulfilling her dreams.
Anjum is a disciple of these famous wordings, ‘Many times what we perceive as an error or failure is actually a gift. And eventually we find that lessons learned from that discouraging experience prove to be of great worth’. Anjum took time off from the cultural programme in New Delhi and spoke to Free Press Journal about the year that was for her, 2018.
“Yes, it was tough but, one thing is very clear for everyone, don’t get disheartened by failures, rewind back and visualise on the mistakes and make amends, and your dream is met,” said Anjum who was recently adjudged as the best athlete in the GoSports Foundation. The 24-year-old shooter now with the Punjab Police as an officer has set things lined up for the year 2019. It would be the World Cup in New Delhi in February to begin with and the rest will take its course says, Anjum while emphasising that one has to take one step at a time. The silver medal has assured her an entry into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics via the quota places.
“Missing out on a medal at the Asian Games was a disappointment but then it was due to one bad series. A medal in the 10m Air Rifle event was one of the targets. I made amends to my mistakes at the Asian Games and the end result says it all,” said Anjum. With the NRAI selection policy for the 2020 Olympics considers results at eight international events starting from the Asian Games and ending at the trials after the World Cup in 2020, Moudgil knows it is the start of a crucial phase for her.
Daughter of an advocate father and mother a teacher, Anjum is also an avid abstract painter. “Yes, that is my passion and love it and it make me keep pre-occupied whenever I am free from the ranges,” said Anjum, who has the Masters in Sports Psychology. “And even if one performs bad in one event, it means that there is always a chance to improve in the other events,” she said. It was in the year 2008 she first picked up the gun as part of her NCC training. It was not a good beginning as she would be in the 14th place, but today she is one of the top shooters in her category. This is all because of her determination to learn from mistakes and improve every time.