Nima Gharti Magar is an acclaimed Wushu player. After winning the gold medal in 2016 South Asian Games held in India there would barely be any Nepali who does not know her name. Seventeen years old, Magar completed her SEE from Nepal Don Bosco School, Siddhipur and is currently enrolled at Golden Gate where she is studying management. Currently, she is associated with Nepal Army. Colleges Nepal catches up with her to talk about her journey…..
HOW THE JOURNEY OF WUSHU STARTED?
My dad insisted me to join Judo for health and personal safety. But the place where I used to practice judo was quite far from my home due to which I used to face some difficulties. Since there was a Wushu club nearby, my father convinced my first Wushu coach Nirajan Ale Magar to train me. I was in class seven when I joined Wushu.
WHAT WAS IT ABOUT MARTIAL ARTS YOU FELL IN LOVE WITH?
It’s little unique than other games. Even the dress we wear is different; it’s made of silk with embroideries on it. Its has a different technique of jumping with wide variety of martial arts kata. We play with a sword too.
WHO WAS YOUR INSPIRATION?
My first inspiration was Kusum Thapa Magar, she insisted me to play Wushu which was later supported by my parents. But I fell in love with this game because of my coach Nirajan Ale Magar.
HOW DO YOU BALANCE YOUR STUDY AND GAME?
It was quite difficult to juggle between my game and study until class
10. While in class eight I was selected in the national team and had to practice up to 10 a.m. due to that I used to miss my class as my class used to start at 9:30 a.m. Though I used to miss class especially my first period I used to cooperate with my friend and teacher to catch up.
HOW YOU DEFINE YOURSELF AS A STUDENT?
To be very honest, I am not being able to focus on my studies but willing to take my study and sports in a parallel way as there is not much scope in sports in Nepal. (giggles)
HOW HAS LIFE CHANGED AFTER WINNING THE GOLD MEDAL?
My life changed drastically. The respect I get and the way people look at me gives me a sense of pleasure. CS Foundation has provided me with scholarships. I am getting other help too.
SUCH A BIG ACHIEVEMENT AT SUCH A TENDER AGE, ARE YOU FEELING ANY TYPE OF PRESSURE?
I do feel pressure sometimes. I keep things in my mind but do not prefer to play under pressure as it will hamper my game.
HOW IS GOVERNMENT SUPPORTING YOU IN YOUR TRAINING AND EDUCATION?
After scoring the first position in the South Asian Game 2016, I received the winning amount. I am getting monthly payment too, it’s not much but enough for my pocket money. There is a foundation called CS Foundation, my first sponsor, they are helping me to get trained for upcoming Asian Game.
APART FROM PROVIDING FINANCIAL SUPPORT, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD DO TO HELP YOU ENHANCE YOUR GAME?
We don’t have fixed and convenient place for training. Sometimes we have to cease our training in the middle due to rain. A proper place for training is must. And in addition to that, it would be much better if we can go abroad for training.
YOUR FUTURE PLAN
I will take my education and sports side by side but will focus on sports more.