Golf champ at 16, Shubhankar is among Top 30 Under 30
In the run-up to its sixth edition of Top 30 under 30, Hindustan Times profiles 30 young achievers who will be felicitated at its flagship event on May 26. They are from fields ranging from the forces, academics and art to entertainment and sports. Among them is Shubhankar Sharmaht youth forum 2017 Updated: May 25, 2017 17:46 IST
Swinging high: Shubhankar Sharma, 20, Chandigarh
A national golf champion at 16 who went on to set a record by winning his first professional title at the age of 17, Shubhankar has earned several laurels on the greens but he doesn’t think he has any claim to fame. “I do not look at life from that angle,” he explains. “I believe in doing my work and leaving the results to God.” Well, God seems to be taking good care of the results.
Secret sauce: Determination, a positive attitude, and the ability to deal with challenges. “I keep my mind open to advice given by family, friends and well-wishers. I always value the words of my fellow senior Indian golfers. And above all, I am blessed with a great team, which includes coach Jessie Grewal, sports nutritionist Ryan Fernando and my physical trainer/physio Sagar Diwan and Ravi.”
Inspiration: “My immediate inspiration are my parents who supported my dreams. It was my mother who first broke the word ‘golf’ to me. My father has been my constant golfing pal and my sister, Vandini, a very enthusiastic supporter and stress buster.” On the sports front, he is hugely inspired by Tiger Woods and Rory McLlroy. “I also draw inspiration from the likes of our own Virat Kohli, Stephen Curry, Ronaldo, Messi, Federer and Rafa. All these guys are legends in their respective fields.”
Challenges facing India: The three issues faced by India, he says, are: Population and hence poverty; corruption, and pollution. “All these issues are somehow interrelated. Progress has no meaning if we keep growing in numbers. Corruption has become part of our collective psyche, we have to weed it out. Pollution too is a big threat to our environment. We not only have to be more disciplined, but we should also explore renewable energy for a better tomorrow.”
Uplifting feature: “The most uplifting thing about our nation is our incredible diversity and unique acceptance of all faiths. I love the richness of our culture; we have our different stories, yet there’s a common thread tying us together.”
As an agent of change: “I would like to bring about a change with my strong performances on the international stage, so that fellow Indians feel proud and inspired to punch higher. They should feel that if I can do it, so can they. I also feel that my conduct on and off the field should be such that they take pride and inspiration from that. I love to speak to young people, wherever I get a chance.
The road ahead: “Golf is a funny game, you can be here one week and next week you may be in Europe and still next week at PGA. It’s achievable. So I have no set plans. But I am sure that I will win a Major one day.
By the way: Shubhankar loves spending quality time with family and friends besides watching good movies.
To know about the other achievers click here