Gagan's journey begins at Chennai's Marina Beach where, as a two-year-old, he aimed a toy gun at balloons in a shooting stall. It was right then that his father, Bhimsen Narang, could foresee his son becoming an ace shooter.
Cut to 27-years later and Gagan Narang has won a Bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012, 10 CWG medals and 5 Asian Games medals. A fairy-tale story that was penned by many authors.
His parents, Bhimsen & Amarjit Narang, of course provided the wonderful introduction – helping Gagan realise his potential and being an ever-present source of inspiration for the sharpshooter.
His first shooting guru, K Niranjan Reddy, spotted his talent and helped Gagan in his early years. Coaches Stanislas Lapidus and Sanjay Chakravarty guided him, mentored him and counselled him at every turn. His friend Samresh Jung was a guide and supporter to him, throughout his journey.
The support for Gagan extends far beyond the realms of professional shooting. Take for instance former sports minister, Kiren Rijiju, or founders and directors from Olympic Gold Quest, who have gone out of their way to be an avid supporter of the shooter. Not to mention, Pawan Singh, the Founder and Director of Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation which started in 2011 before Gagan won the Olympic medal. This foundation was started with the sole vision of giving back to the sport and also creating a pathway for development for budding athletes.
And when he sought a confidante, he needed to look no further than his wife, Annu Raj Singh, who was always on hand to steady the marksman through all the highs and lows of his career.
Gagan Narang may be the face in front, however, there are many who have contributed greatly to each chapter of his life. This tale of greatness crafted through the power of collaboration is what we call human potential, multiplied.