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Chandro Tomar never picked up a gun until she was 65 years old, but as soon as she set off her first shot, she knew the talent inside of her.
Tomar is now 84 years old, and she’s a talented sharpshooter with skills outrivaling almost everyone she knows. Nicknamed “Shooter Dadi,” Tomar has competed in and won over 25 national championships in India, has been honored by political leaders and even has an upcoming movie slated to be released about her life. Oh, and she’s the oldest female sharpshooter. In the world.
For Tomar, shooting is more than a hobby. She says it helps to teach her and other women self-defense, a skill she believes is very important for all women to learn. As an icon in the sport, she has inspired girls to get involved. Tomar has trained young girls in her village to shoot a gun for both sport and self-defense. She has been known to go door to door recruiting these girls and explaining to their parents the importance of the skill.
Shooting seems to be in the Tomar blood. Her niece Seema also took up the family sport of shooting and has since won a silver medal at the 2010 International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup and two gold medals at the 2014 Asian Shotgun Championships—just to name a few. Chandro Tomar’s sister-in-law Prakashi Tomar is a shooting legend in her own right, known as the second-oldest female sharpshooter.
But even with all the fame, accomplishment and success, Chandro Tomar’s life has stayed relatively the same as before she earned her championship titles. She attends practice at the local rifle club once a week and practices every night at her own private range. The rest of the time, Tomar cooks, cleans and takes care of her many generations of family. But even if the fame didn’t change her, Tomar has changed the lives of young girls around the world.
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