Hitting the bull’s eye she has bagged several medals in several archery competitions both within the state and outside, including national championship.
The Union sports ministry too appreciated her talent with national child award for exceptional achievement. She received a silver medal for her exceptional achievement in archery from Former Union minister of sports and youth affairs Krishna Tirath in 2013.
Meet 16 year old Simpi Kumari of Silli, an archer from Jharkhand who has talent but still struggling to have professional archery equipments.
Practicing with traditional bamboo bows and arrows till date, she has a haul of 14 gold, 16 silver and 23 bronze medals in her six years’ sporting career. In-spite of that she is dedicated to her practice with bamboo bow and arrows and won several medals.
“She has more than talent than our expectations,” said national archery coach Harendra Singh.
He said, “Her killing instinct is not less than a professional archers and I hope if she get professional archery equipment she will bring more laurels like Deepika and Jhanu Hansda.”
In-spite of limitations she is dedicated to practice with traditional bamboo bows and arrows, Singh mentioned.
Her father Lakhiram Mahto a private security guard of a factory in Gamharia in Jamshedpur however giving full support to her talented daughter.
“I hope she will prove her talents before the world. We have no further supports from any corner but my desire is to give her archery equipment with the help of Jharkhand government” Mahto said.
“I aspire for an imported bow and arrow set, I am sure I will prove my mettle in international arena too,” said Simpi, an archer of Silli Archery Academy with a spark in her eyes.
Simpi, a Std XI student of Kasturba Gandhi Vidyalaya has appealed state government to provide her professional archery equipment set.
Sports director, Government of Jharkhand Ranendra Kumar said the department is ready to support her. He said all talented sportsperson are eligible for government’s support provided they apply on proper format. “We are helpless without a formal application,” he said.