Indian Pistol Shooter Heena Sidhu Biography, Medals, Records, Marriage, Husband
Heena Sidhu, the star sport shooter from India and by far the best of the female pistol shooters in the country. She is the first among Indians to reach the No.1 rank in the world in Pistol Shooting, by International Sport Shooting Federation as on 7th April, 2014. She has been the only Indian shooter after Gagan Narang and Anjali Bhagwat to have won a Gold Medal in Pistol/Rifle Shooting World Cup. The event for which she won the Gold Medal was 10 metre Air Pistol Shooting. The Gold Medalist, Heena also carries the distinction of being the only Indian shooter whose photo has been featured in the cover page of the ISSF magazine. Heena Sidhu is the ‘World Record‘ holder in 10 metre Air Pistol event with a score of 203.8.
Heena Sidhu Family, Age, Wiki
Born to affluent parents, Heena has an illustrious family background, with her father Rajbir Sidhu being a National Shooter himself and her uncle Inderjit Sidhu being a Guns customizer and a professional Gun–maker. Her mother Rominder Kaur is a housewife, who has also been a big inspiration in her life. Heena is not the only National level shooter in her family. Her brother Karanbir has also represented India in the 10 metre Pistol Shooting event.
Heena Sidhu was born and brought up in Ludhiana, Punjab. She has received tremendous boost and support from her family to take up gun shooting. She has been able to excel in the sport within a raw age of 27 years only. Her date of birth is 29th August 1989. Heena Sidhu stands at an impressive height of 5’ 4” (1.58 m) and has a weight of 51 kilograms.
Heena Sidhu Education
Heena pursued a career in medical sciences and is a well–known dentist. She completed a course in Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2013. Her elementary education was from the Yadavindra Public School and college education had been in Patiala Gian Sagar Medical Institute. However, with her Jat family’s support, she took up a professional career in shooting, and has ever since made her family and nation feel very proud indeed with her performance.
Heena Sidhu started practising pistol shooting in 12th standard. That was way back in 2006 when she qualified for the National Junior Team. Soon she also got into the National Senior Team. Heena shoots with her right arm, with a dominance of her right eye. She had started participating in competitions since 2007.
Heena Sidhu Career as Professional Pistol Shooter
Heena Sidhu debut or big breakthrough was the winning of a silver medal in the ISSF World Cup held in Beijing in 2009. She went on to win the first position in the women’s 10m Air Pistol at the national championships held in Kerala in 2009. Heena made it to the big league when she won a silver medal in the team event in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol along with Sonia Rai and Annu Raj Singh in the 2010 Asian Games held in Guangzhou, China.
Heena also won a ‘Gold Medal’ in the same event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi. She shared the honour with Annu Raj Singh. In the singles event, Heena grabbed a ‘Silver Medal’ as well, making India really proud of her. Heena was a part of the Indian squad in the 2012 London Olympic Games, and completed 12th in the qualifying round of the 10 metre Air Pistol event.
Heena also took part in the official Olympic Games Movie in London titled “First: The Story of the London 2012 Olympic Games”. It was the heart–warming story of 12 athletes who were all first timers in the Olympic Games. Their journey from their home towns to the playgrounds of London had made a great movie.
Heena Sidhu Medals, World Records, Awards & Achievements
The failures in the Olympics could not daunt Heena. In 2013, Heena Sidhu’s long cherished dream came true when she won the gold medal in the ISSF World Cup Finals held in Munich, Germany. She broke the world record in her event again was rifle/pistol.
The finals were a great fight between Heena and the reigning world champion Zorana Arunovic of Serbia, as well as the champion of the previous edition, Olena Kostevych of Ukraine. Heena scored 203.8 points and her final lead was a huge 5 points. Her unbelievable win has been honoured by ISSF by featuring Heena on the cover page of the Federation’s Journal.
In 2016, Heena went to the Olympics for the second time in Rio. However, her performance as well as those of other Indian women shooters like Apurvi Chandela in the Olympics has remained much beneath expectations. Heena has been the ‘Arjuna Awardee‘ in the year 2014.
Heena Sidhu Love Life, Marriage, Husband
In her interviews, Heena has talked about dating her coach and mentor Ronak Pandit. They had a love affair and both the couples were spotted together at various events and parties. Their relationship culminated into Ronak Pandit and Heena Sidhu love story. Finally, Heena Sidhu was getting married with Ronak Pandit on 7th February 2013.
The gorgeous and beautiful Heena Sidhu marriage was a closed affair. Only family members and close friends were invited to the wedding. Ronak, the husband of Heena Sidhu, himself was a champion pistol shooter. The love life between the two is awesome. Heena lives with her husband in Mumbai and the couple is yet to have any kids.
Heena Sidhu Controversies
Heena’s life has been full of controversies and interesting facts. She had a fight with Shobhaa De following the latter’s insulting and mocking comment about the Indian athletes’ dismal performance in the Rio Olympics. Heena pulled out of the Asian Airgun Shooting Championship in Tehran for the compulsory Hijab rules to be followed there.
Later she commented on her Twitter account about the Tehran incident. Heena, along with fellow shooter Anjali Bhagwat faced harassment by the Jet Airways who declined to allow them to board the plane with weapons.
Heena Sidhu Beauty Secrets, Net Worth, Upcoming Matches
One of the most attractive of the Indian female sports personalities, Heena looks stunning in new haircut. Her beauty secrets lie in her simplicity and innocent appearance. With a long way to go in her career, Heena already has a huge net worth.
You can check out each and every of Heena’s matches from the internet by live streaming and taking constant live updates. The nation looks forward to much better performance by one of the hottest women shooters of India, Heena Sidhu in all her upcoming matches and next championship.