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Generations unite: Mother-daughter duo shines in shooting events


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Tura, Jan 18: In a remarkable display of familial inspiration, Marbarisha M Pdah, aged 44,finds herself donning the shooting gear alongside her daughter, Toiaibha M Pdah, aged 24, both participating in Senior Women’s Category in 10 m & 50 m Rifle eventand 10 m & 25 m Pistol event respectively. Descending from East Khasi Hills,they are unique participants in the 5th Meghalaya Games 2024, in Tura. The duo’s unique journey is a testament to the power of family bonds and the pursuit of shared dreams.
It all began whenMarbarishawas deeply moved by her daughter’s passion for shooting. Initially, introverted,she would always accompany her daughter Toiaibha for Championship events, supporting her and boosting her confidencefrom the beginning. Witnessing her daughter excel at the State Games ignited a spark withinMarbarisha and initiated a new chapter in her life.“Watching Toiaibha pursue her passion with such dedication and skill lit a fire within me. I realized that it is never too late to follow your dreams,” sharedMarbarisha, on the sidelines of the 5th Meghalaya Games. “The Meghalaya Games presented the perfect opportunity for both of us to participate together and earn laurels for our beautiful state.”
Speaking on the sidelines of the Shooting event, Toiaibha, narrated, “As a school student, I was a part of NCC cadets, and it was here when I started to develop my interest in shootings. My mother would always encourage me to go for NCC camps and kept motivating me to pursue my passion for shooting. In 2016, I got a call from a friend inviting me to join the Shooting Association.It was my mother’s dream to see me become an athlete. She used to accompanyme for my practice at the Assam Rifles in Happy Valley, Shillong,coaching center herself. At first, my mom was hesitant about joining in because of her age, but she would always accompany me for State/National Championship events, supporting me and boosting my confidence.”In a special turn of events, Toiaibha further stated, “After almost around 4 years, when we had an official range for ourselves, my mother joined as an official member of the shooting association. Only after that did she express her interest in becoming a Shooting Athlete.


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