I was very much impressed when Harpal Singh, the PTI of Akal Academy, Bharyal Lahri entered the playground, touching his fingers on the ground and rubbing it on his forehead. It instantly gave me an impression of his dedication and how important he considered the 45 minutes he spends on the field to get the […]
I was very much impressed when Harpal Singh, the PTI of Akal Academy, Bharyal Lahri entered the playground, touching his fingers on the ground and rubbing it on his forehead.
It instantly gave me an impression of his dedication and how important he considered the 45 minutes he spends on the field to get the best out of his students.
I saw him there with a whistle hanging around his neck instructing students in different sports specially athletics. After his training session, I got an opportunity to share his insight.
He shared a memory with me, it was of one of his student athletes perhaps an extraordinary one, whom he had observed in the inter academy athletics tournament.
His name was Sahil, a student of Akal Academy Bharyal Lahri who found his passion in Running and Athletics. Village folks used to look at him bemused when they saw him running breathlessly day and night . At that moment, he realized that if Sahil was given a professional training, a star would be born in the dust of villages.
One and a half year later ,an opportunity opened for this youngster, Sahil decided to give a try at the world’s largest Athletic Talent Hunt held by National Yuva Coop Society (NYCS) in partnership with GAIL to build Team India for the Summer Olympics of 2020 & 2024 called NYCS GAIL Raftaar – 2
Over a lakh participants between age 11 to 17 were filtered. Sahil by astounded his peers and left everyone spellbound by his sheer Cheetah like speed. He won the Gold Medal in the 100 mtrs race in the All India National Level Trials.
A 45 minute of intense training everyday and making a National record seemed like a dream come true. For the WORLD, he might be the HERO but it was only possible because of this man who saw the potential in him and nurtured his talent.
After a long conversation , Harpal had to go because he had an urgent meeting in the principal’s office. I walked down the corridor where the notice board caught my attention and what I saw left me spellbound.
Harpal did not have only one student who had won GOLD but there were plenty more. Including Sahil, his students won a total of 17 medals at district levels out of which 9 were gold, 2 were silver and 6 were silver.
I gave a salute to him standing right there in front of the notice board.
Stars are not born, They are Inspired and Motivated by Great teachers. Coaches are aware of how to ignite passion and motivate people.