WITH AN unassuming demeanor, Shubhankar Sharma could very well pass for just another child. However, his poise and sincerity of spirit set him apart. His incredible journey of feats began at the age of six when his father Col M L Sharma, noticed his astonishing skills in the game of golf. At an age when most kids are up to only pranks, Shubhankar has his eyes trained for the best golf courses of the world.
He has just returned from Indore after winning the Central India Junior Open Championship for his school Bal Bhavan. He will also represent Southern Command for the Indian Army’s Mission Olympics which is committed to fostering the spirit of sportsmanship in young sportspersons, giving them a learning experience with state-of-the-art equipments and facilities.
Shubhankar gives due credit to his parents for their role in developing his talents and helping him acquire the various skills essential for a good golfer. The Bal Bhavan Golf Academy run by his school gave him a platform to practice his talent and bring the best out of him without compromising on his studies.
He has immense respect for his coach D Patel who further honed his proficiency in the game. He puts in four hours of practice daily at Sudarshan Chakra Environment Park and Training area (SCEPTA).
On being asked how he manages his time, he says, “I divide my time but at times I have to concentrate extra on one area such as studies during exams or golf before a tournament.” Exceptional even in academics, Shubhankar is a class prefect and Junior House Captain.
Not one to miss out on the joys of childhood, Shubhankar loves watching cartoons, playing with friends, cycling and reading comics.
He also does not believe in resting on past laurels. Apart from currently preparing for his half-yearly exams he is training for the final stage selection of the Mission Olympics in Delhi, then Western Indian Open in Mumbai followed by All India Open to be held in Bangalore later this month.
You can’t but be awestruck at the stupendous achievements of this child prodigy who is perhaps one of the youngest in Bhopal to attain such heights. It’s certainly a long road ahead for this wonder child, but with dreams in his heart, plans in his head, and a conviction in himself, the journey is destined to be a memorable one.