Avani Lekhara Wiki, Height, Age, Boyfriend, Family, Biography & More

Avani Lekhara


Avani Lekhara is an Indian Para Shooter. In 2021, at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, she created history by clinching a gold medal in a 10m air rifle and a bronze in a 50m rifle shooting. With this victory, she became the first Indian woman to win two medals in Paralympics. On winning this event, she was ranked at 5th position in the world by ‘World Shooting Para Sports Rankings.’ She also won a gold medal in Asian Para Games in 2018.


Avani Lekhara was born on Thursday, 8 November 2001 (age 20 years; as of 2021) in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Her zodiac sign is Scorpio. She did her schooling at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jaipur. After completing her schooling, she went to the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur to pursue her Law degree.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 3″

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Black


Parents & Siblings

Her father’s name is Praveen Lekhara, and he is a state government tax officer.

Avani with her father

Her mother’s name is Shweta Lekhara, and she is a state government tax officer.

Avani Lekhara with her mother

Avani with her grandfather

She has a younger brother named Arnav Lekhara.

Avani Lekhara while showing her medals

Spinal Cord Injury (Paraplegia)

When she was 11 years old, she met with an accident in 2012. She received a spinal cord injury that paralysed her below the waist. This accident caused her paraplegia. After three years of the accident, her father encouraged her to participate in sports. She received her initial training in both archery and shooting. Later, she opted for shooting as her main sport.

Para Shooting Career

In 2015, she began shooting at Jagatpura Sports Complex in Jaipur, India. In 2017, Avani Lekhara participated in World Cup Tournament at Al Ain, UAE and made her international debut in shooting sports.

Avani being welcomed in India in 2017 after winning a silver medal in Dubai Paralympics

She made a record in R2 at the WSPS World Cup Al Ain in 2017 and clinched a silver medal. She won a bronze medal in R2 at the WSPS World Cup Bangkok in 2017. In 2018, she won a gold medal in 10m Rifle, Prone and 3P events at the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup, Dubai. She clinched 3 Gold medals in the 63rd National Shooting Championships, Bhopal in 2019. In the same year, she won 3 Gold medals in the XIX Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial Shooting Championship, New Delhi. In 2019, in R2 at the WSPS World Cup in Osijek, she won a silver medal. At XIX Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial Shooting Championship, New Delhi in 2019, she won a silver medal. In 2019, at 63rd National Shooting Championships, Bhopal, she clinched a bronze medal.

Avani Lekhara while showing her medals

In 2021, she won a silver medal in R2 at the WSPS World Cup Al Ain, UAE. In Tokyo Paralympics 2021, she scored 249.6 points in the final event and set a Paralympic and world record. She defeated her opponent China’s Zhang Cuiping in the final round. In an interview with Hindustan Times, after winning the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics she said that she was feeling on top of the world. She disclosed,

I can’t describe this feeling, I’m feeling like I’m on top of the world. It’s unexplainable. I’m so happy I could be the one to contribute to it. Hopefully, there’s a lot of medals more to come. I’m so happy I could be the one to contribute to it. Hopefully, there’s a lot of medals more to come.”

In June 2022, she won gold in Women’s 10. Rifle standing SH1 at the Chateauroux Para Shooting World Cup; she made a world record score of 250.6. On 11 June 2022, she bagged her second gold medal in the Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 finals at the Chateauroux 2022 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in France. On 23 October 2023, Avani won gold in the women’s R2 10-metre Air Rifle Standing SH1 category at the Asian Para Games, which was held in Hangzhou, China. At the event, she made a new record by securing 249.6 points.

23 October 2023: Avani Lekhara after winning gold at the Asian Para Games


  • In 2017, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje presented Avani with the Rising Star award for her outstanding performance in shooting.

    Avani while receiving an award from Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje in 2017

  • In 2021, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports announced her name for the prestigious Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, India’s highest sporting honour.
  • She was honoured with the Padma Shri (Sports) in 2022.


  • Avani Lekhara plays a 10m air rifle standing SH1.
  • Suma Siddharth Shirur is Avani Lekhara’s personal coach.

    A Tweet of her coach Suma Shirur

  • In her leisure time, Avani Lekhara adores listening to music, watching films and television, cooking, baking, spending time with her family.
  • Her favourite shooter and shooting inspiration is former Olympic winner Abhinav Bindra.

    Avani with Abhinav Bindra

  • Avani Lekhara’s sports training is supported through the Para Champions Programme by GoSports Foundation.

    Avani being supported by GoSports Foundation

  • According to Avani Lekhara, the car accident in 2012 left her paralysed below her waist. In a conversation with Hindustan Times, she said,

    Prior to the accident, I had always participated in co-curricular activities in school, like dancing, but after that everything changed. I was very angry at my physical condition. It was causing severe mental agony. I had no desire to talk to anyone.”

  • Her sports philosophy is,

    Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing those cards you hold well.”

  • The GoSports Foundation in India titled her the Most Promising Paralympic Athlete in 2019.
  • In one of her Instagram posts, Avani shared a heartfelt caption with two photographs while comparing her life after ten years of her car accident.

    Avani’s Instagram heartfelt post while comparing her life’s ten years before and after her accident

  • In 2020, Avani demonstrated some exercises on her social media account through a video during the coronavirus pandemic. These exercises were for the persons who were using wheelchairs.
  • Avani Lekhara became the first Indian women Para shooter to win a gold medal in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics in 2021.
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Avani Lekhara on Twitter after winning gold for India in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics on 30 August 2021.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s congratulating Tweet to Avani Lekhara

  • Avani Lekhara is an animal lover. She often posts pictures of her pet dog on her social media account.

    Avani with her pet dog