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Purnima Mahato

Purnima Mahato
Purnima Mahato
Purnima Mahato with P.T.Usha
Winning Moments
Mahato (in right) with Deepika Kumari at the World Cup final in Istanbul
Personal information
NationalityIndian
BornJamshedpur
Sport
CountryIndia
SportArchery
ClubTata Archery Academy
TeamIndian Archery Team Coach
Turned pro1993
Achievements and titles
Highest world rankingNational Champions
Medal record
Women's archery
Representing  India

Purnima Mahato, an internationally recognized National Archery Coach of India and a distinguished recipient of the Padma Shri and Dronacharya Award, epitomizes excellence and dedication in the realm of archery. With an illustrious career that transcends her achievements as an eminent archery champion, Purnima Mahato has notably transitioned into a formidable mentor, nurturing a generation of archers who have captivated the nation with their prowess and achievements.

Her invaluable contributions to the sport of archery are evident in the remarkable array of medals and accolades secured by India, affirming her pivotal role in elevating the country's stature on the global archery stage. Smt. Purnima Mahato's legacy is not just in the victories her proteges have clinched, but in the enduring spirit of excellence and determination, she instills in them.

Raised in a middle-class family in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, amidst five siblings, Purnima Mahato's ascent in the competitive world of archery exemplifies the essence of perseverance, hard work, and determination. Her archery journey began at age 10, sparked by a training session at an institute linked to the TATA academy, with nothing but a homemade bow and arrow and her family's full support. In 1987, her commitment to archery took a professional turn as she joined the Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur for formal training, overcoming the societal and economic hurdles that often discourage female athletes in Jharkhand. Purnima's story is an inspiring narrative of an Indian girl transforming into a champion sportsperson, driven by an indomitable spirit and unwavering passion.


Purnima Mahato is an Indian archer and archery coach from Jamshedpur, India.[1] She has won the Indian national archery championships and a silver medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. She was a coach for the Indian national team at the 2008 Summer Olympics and was selected to coach the team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She was awarded Dronacharya award from President of India for 2013 on 29 August 2013.[2][3][4][5] She will be conferred with the Padma Shri 2024, India's fourth highest civilian award, for her work in the field of Sports.[6]

Career

As a child, Mahato watched archery at a range in Birsanagar, Jamshedpur.[7] She trained there before moving to a range at Burmamines, Jamshedpur when the one in Birsanagar closed.[7] She made it to the Indian national team in 1992, and moved to Delhi to train with the team.[7]

As an archer, Mahato earned medals in both national and international archery competitions.[8] She was also an Indian national champion.[7] At the 1993 International Archery Championship, she earned a gold medal in the team event.[1] At the 1994 Pune National Games, she won six gold medals in archery.[7][9] She competed at the 1994 Asian Games but did not medal.[7] In 1997 at the National Championships, she earned two gold medals and set two national records.[10] She earned a silver medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.[7] At the 1999 Indian National Games, Dola Banerjee broke a national record Mahato had set two years earlier in the 30 metre archery event.[11]

Coaching

Mahato is an archery coach. Starting in 1994, she coached at the Tata Archery Academy, a position she had held as of 2012.[1][8][12] Archers she has personally coached include 2012 Summer Olympian Deepika Kumari.[13][14][15][16][17][18]

Mahato has been a coach for Indian national teams at several events[1] including the 2005 Senior World Outdoor Archery Championship at Spain, where her team earned a silver medal.[1] She also coached the Indian side at the 2007 Senior Asian Archery Championship in China,[1] where the men's team she coached finished first and the women's team she coached finished third.[1] She was an assistant coach for India at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[19][20] She also coached the Indian side at the 2008 World Cup in Croatia,[1] where her archers earned a silver medal and a bronze medal at the event.[1] She coached India at the 2009 World Youth Archery Championship.[21] She coached the three Indian archers at the 2010 Archery World Cup Grand.[22] She coached the Indian national team at the 2010 Asian Games, where her archers earned two bronze medals in the individual events.[23] She coached the Indian national team at the 2010 Commonwealth games, with her archers earning three gold and two bronze medals.[8] At the Global Sports Summit TURF 2011, she was named the coach of the year.[12][1].She got Ram Dayal Munda Award for BestCoach of the year from Government of Jharkhand on Olympic Day Run celebrations, 23 June 2012 at Ranchi.[24][2]

Mahato was selected to represent India at the 2012 Summer Olympics as the national team's coach.[1][25][26]

Awards

Purnima Mahato is receiving Donacharya Award from President

Purnima Mahato was awarded Padma Shri from President of India for 2024 on 22 April 2024.[27] Purnima Mahato was awarded Dronacharya award from President of India for 2013 on 29 August 2013.[2][3][4][5][28] Purnima Mahato is the first woman of Jharkhand awarded with Prestigious Dronacharya Award .[5][29]

She was awarded 2024 Padma Shri award, India's fourth highest civilian award on 22 April 2024.[30]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Social Post (30 July 2008). "Purnima Mahato selected as Indian Archery team coach". One India. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b "hindu – Five nominated for Dronacharya Awards". Hindu. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "TATA STEEL – Ms. Purnima Mahato, Tata Steel Employee and Senior Coach at Tata Archery Academy has been bestowed with the prestigious Dronacharya Award". TATA STEEL. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Never thought would reach such a level": Purnima Mahato after being honoured with Padma Shri".
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Calcutta : Jharkhand". The Telegraph (India). 28 December 2004. Archived from the original on 4 January 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "What's New". Tata Steel. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Pune Khel". Pune Khel. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Sport Events in 1997". Hindu.com. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Millet wins three more gold medals, State shooters excel". Express India. 18 February 1999. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Tata Steel Newsroom – Press Releases". Tata Steel Newsroom. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  11. ^ Aprameya (9 July 2012). "London Olympics 2012: Who is Deepika Kumari?". One India. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  12. ^ "The powerpuff girls". Hindustan Times. 4 July 2012. Archived from the original on 5 July 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  13. ^ "Deepika Kumari leads Indian archers' Olympic dream in London". The Times of India. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  14. ^ "Ace archer Deepika Kumari will shoot for Olympic glory". The Times of India. 17 July 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  15. ^ "Baby Deepika set to take the big step". Indian Express. 3 October 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  16. ^ "Winning an Olympic medal is my only goal: Deepika Kumari". India News. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  17. ^ Jayesh Thaker (1 August 2008). "Purnima raring to go". The Telegraph (India). Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  18. ^ "Dola & Co. bow out in quarter finals". The Telegraph (India). 11 August 2008. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  19. ^ "Sport / Archery : Indian squad leaves". The Hindu. 12 July 2009. Archived from the original on 16 July 2009. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  20. ^ PTI (13 September 2010). "Indian archers confident before Archery World Cup Grand Final". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  21. ^ "Sport : Indian archers take bronze". The Hindu. 23 November 2010. Archived from the original on 27 November 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  22. ^ "Sports Personnel Received Awards". The Prabhat Khabar. 24 June 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  23. ^ Special Correspondent (15 July 2012). "Sport / Other Sports : Warm send-off for Indian archery squad". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  24. ^ "Pune Mirror – Pune Mirror". Punemirror.in. 16 July 2012. Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  25. ^ "Padma Awards 2024: Rohan Bopanna, Joshna Chinappa among seven sportspersons to get Padma Shri".
  26. ^ "Telegraph – Purnima bags Dronacharya with ace pupils in quiver". Telegraph. 24 August 2013. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  27. ^ "Times Of India – A great honour for me: Purnima Mahato". The Times of India. 1 September 2013. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  28. ^ "Padma Awards 2024: Rohan Bopanna, Joshna Chinappa among seven sportspersons to get Padma Shri".
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