Pooja fell off a train while travelling in 2012 which caused loss of an upper limb and her two lower limbs. From being extremely independent, she became dependent for almost all her daily activities.
The incident left a deep mark on her life, causing internal anger and agitation. Fascinated by the calmness surrounding the sport of shooting, Pooja took to the sport diligently, training daily 3 to 4 hours at a range close by her home, post her office hours at Allahabad Bank.
She eventually qualified to represent India at the Para Shooting World Cup in Dubai in 2017, where she won her first international medal, a silver. Her promising performance in Dubai saw her shortlisted and eventually selected for support under the GoSports Foundation Para Champions Programme 2017-18.
Pooja’s father was a government employee who passed away in December 2016. Her mother is a housewife, and she also has two younger brothers both of whom are working.
- Gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol event at the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup, 2018
- Silver medal in the 10m Air Pistol event at the 61st National Shooting Championship 2017
- Silver medal at the 2017 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in UAE