Udupi, Apr 05, 2018: Gururaja Poojary, a weight lifter from Kundapur has won the silver in the men’s 56 kg category on the first day of the 21st Commonwealth Gamed held at Gold Coast Australia on April 4, Wednesday.
Twenty four year old Gururaja is the son of Paddu Poojary and Mahabala Poojary couple from Jeddu village. He is presently serving the Indian Air Force. He had earlier won gold at the Asian Games by lifting a total of 241 kg weight in the 56 kg category. He had even clinched gold in the South Asian Games.
Gururaja’s father Mahabala is a truck driver by profession. Gururaja had his early education at the Government Higher Primary School at Vandse and later at Mookambika High School, Kollur. It was Sukesh Shetty his physical instructor who noticed the talent in young Gururaja and encouraged him. Gururaja later did his graduation from SDM College Ujire where coach Rajendra Prasad trained him. He is a three time national champion and was trained at SDM Sports Training Institute.
He had called up his parents from Australia and had told them that he was working hard to bag a medal, his family members told media.
As the news of Gururaja’s feat broke, hundreds of well-wishers, relatives and friends thronged his house greeting his parents and family members.