Born and brought up in the hamlet of Purano (old) Namchi, South Sikkim is a 18 years old boy Pema Gyacho Sherpa. His upbringing in a small hamlet never stopped him from dreaming big. He is the eldest son of Chitra Kala Rai and Nima Sangay Sherpa Sherpa. He was passionate about sports from his very early age of 7, amongst all sports, taekwondo being his favourite. From being favourite to passion is what taekwondo has been for him.
Yougan Tamang from TNT- The Northeast Today spoke to Pema Gyacho and tried to delve into his life and comprehend his achievements and aspirations.
“My parents have always been supportive to me, they are infact the ones who helped me to be serious about taekwondo. Their supports comes to me as a huge source of motivation to do more in taekwondo and make my state and country proud” said Pema.
Pema Gyacho has participated in various national and international taekwondo competitions and has won many of them and accolades to add. He participated in Assam Guwahati Taekwondo Competition 2010 and won gold medal in sub-junior category; he won gold medal in senior category at Dehradun, Uttarakhand taekwondo competition. He has also won silver and bronze medals in Junior category in Vishakhpatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
He also participated in World Taekwondo Hangmadang (Senior Category) Pokhara, Nepal and won two bronze medals; He participated in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur in the year 2014 and Kathmandu, Nepal 2017.
Gyacho believes that every young people should at least learn Taekwondo for a self-defense, if not taekwondo, he believes that one can equally learn wushu, kungfu, karate, kickboxing and muay-thai etc. “Self defense is very necessary at this juncture where people have started feeling so insecure in all aspects” he added. He encourages youths to be active in sports because he believes that it not only maintains health but also disciplines one’s life.
Gyacho has followed believing in his dream since his early age and still sticks to his dream. He wants to be a well acclaimed International taekwondo player in days to come and open up his own academy in Sikkim and train young people.
“Everything has limit but in order to be invincible and immortal in your field, one should definitely go beyond one’s limit,” he said as a message to the young people.
Thank You Gyacho for speaking to TNT-The Northeast Today. We would like to convey best wishes to you for all your future endeavours. Good luck!!
By Yougan Tamang
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