Missing Board Exams to win Gold Medals for his country: Story of 15-year old Anish Bhanwala

Anish Bhanwala

Anish Bhanwala has the world record as well as a Commonwealth Games medal to his name- All at the age of 15. Bhanwala struck Gold in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Putting up a wide smile, Anish thanked his coach and his seniors for the input they have provided him over the past few years.

This sporting prodigy had first taken a liking for the modern Pentathlon in which he represented India at the Under 12 level. But it was shooting that he chose from the 5 sports to make a career from. The family also moved from Karnal to the capital New Delhi to allow the youngster the best of facilities. It took him only a couple of years to compete at the international level.

Curiously, Anish was selected to be a part of the Indian team which took part in ISSF World Cup in Mexico and the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney. Since both events were clashing with his Board exams, he got an application from the National Rifle Association of India and his school, St Theresa’s Convent in Karnal to schedule his exams after the competition.

We list down Bhawala’s achievements in his fledging career:

  • World record score of 579 at the ISSF Junior World Championships Rifle/Pistol in 2017
  • Gold at the Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial Championship in 2017
  • Gold at the 61st National Shooting Championship in 2017

As for the pending exams, Anish remains as calm as ever. “Pure saal padhai kam hui hain, (I have not studied a lot in the last year). But now I have tuitions in the last 10-12 days, one and a half hour in the morning and evening.” he says with a smile.



Shashi is a writer and sports enthusiast who loves to blog. Along with her passion for writing, she loves cooking new dishes and finding its origin across regions.