Avani Lekhara

  • Sport : Shooting - 10m Air Rifle (SH1B)
  • Date of Birth : 8/11/2001
  • Hometown : Jaipur, Rajasthan
  • Current Training Base : JDA Shooting Range, Jaipur
  • Classification Category : SH1 B
  • Nature of Disability : Traumatic Paraplegia(by accident in 2012)

Avani’s STORY

Avani met with a car accident in 2012 and injured her spinal cord which led to her being mobile only on a wheelchair. She developed interest in shooting after watching others at a nearby shooting range. A big fan of Abhinav Bindra after reading his book, Avani derives inspiration from him and started shooting in 2015, winning her first state medal using a rifle borrowed from her coach.

She followed that up with consecutive gold medals at the National Shooting Championship in 2015 and 2016, and a silver medal at the IPC Para Shooting World Cup in Dubai in 2017.

Her promising performance in Dubai saw her shortlisted and eventually selected for support under the GoSports Foundation Para Champions Programme 2017-18.


  • Gold medals in the 10m Rifle, Prone and 3P events at the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup, Dubai 2018
  • Silver medal at the 2017 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in UAE
  • Gold medal at the 2016 National Shooting Championship

Tentative Competition Schedule till 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio (7th- 18th September)

Competition Location Date Add Event
Berlin Open - 2016 IPC Athletics Grand Prix Berlin, Germany 13th to 17th July Add to my calendar
IPC Athletics World Grand Prix Final-2016 London, Great Britain 23rd to 24th July Add to my calendar