A silver medal winning performance by city-bred shooting champion Harpreet Singh alias Goldy in the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Glasgow led to celebrations among sports enthusiasts as well as his family members and friends on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old, a Master Chief in the Indian Navy, won silver in the 25-metre rapid fire event. He was born at Prem Nagar locality of the town.
Goldy’s home at Sector 6 in the city was thronged by well -wishers, friends, relatives and journalists, who wanted to congratulate his family.
His mother Amarjit Kaur said she had always knew that Goldy would excel in the game that he had mastered in the younger days. According to her, after winning the silver medal, Goldy had called her up briefly to share the news of his victory.
“I told him that I was happy that he could make his city, state and country proud by winning a medal in the Commonwealth Games,” said Jasneet Kaur, champion’s younger sister.
Recalling her exceptional talent, Kaur told HT that a toy pistol was her son’s most favourite plaything in his childhood.
“He used to go to Diwali mela in Karnal or wherever he was during the festivity to participate in the shooting games at the mela stalls. His aim was accurate that the stall owners had started denying him an opportunity as Goldy used to take all prizes,” recalls the mother.
She admitted that the talent was not recognised until Goldy joined the Navy that gave him a platform to excel in his natural talent. Goldy’s father had died in 2011 of a chronic disease.
He studied at SD Senior Secondary School, Karnal, and Modern Public School at Rajpura in Punjab.
Chairman of Haryana State Minority Commission Trilochan Singh was among those reached Goldy’s home to congratulate his family members.