Defying poverty, young girls shine in sports.

These petite young girls at the age of 10 and 16 are stars in the making. It has been just four months that Parnaj Preet Kaur, a Class VII student, started learning judo, while Manpreet Kaur has been learning javelin throw since last year.

These girls have won bronze in the national and Punjab school games, held at Rohtak and Tarn Taran, respectively.Manpreet Kaur

Manpreet Kaur, whose father is a small farmer, won bronze at national level. Sudhir Kumar, physical education teacher at Government Senior Secondary School, said Kaur came there this year. “She has shown great potential and we are proud that she has won bronze. We will keep on encouraging her,” he said.

For Parnaj Preet Kaur, it was her third tournament. She started learning the game only four months ago. Despite the fact that her family condition is not good, her family doesn’t want her to stop. She won bronze in the state school games organised on December 24 in Tarn Taran in 32 kg category. In last game too, she won a bronze medal. Kaur, who hails from Batala, lives in a hostel at Nehru Garden Senior Secondary Girls School.

Paraj said,” I was earlier into books all the time, but now, since I have jumped into the world of sports, I don’t like anything else. I am totally into playing judo now. I want to be a judo star.”

Her mother Harpreet Kaur says the family is economically weak and despite being unhealthy, her husband has to go abroad to earn for his family. “I Parnaj Preet Kaurhave three daughters and a son. I know that how much it is difficult for me to make arrangements for my family,” said Kaur, a homemaker. She also added that her husband is not well and will come here soon.

Parnaj’s elder sister, who is 14 years old, is also into sports. She is athlete. Their mother said she wanted that both girls to make her proud by clinching good positions in their respective games.

Parnaj’s coach Sudhir Kumar said he was proud to be teaching such a dedicated young girl. “I am proud of her. I want to see her in the nationals now. For that, I will keep on guiding her and will make her prepare,” he added.