Chandigarh-born Paramvir Singh Chattwal (43) will represent Australia’s Department of Justice, New South Wales, in the upcoming World Police and Fire Games to be held in Los Angeles, starting tomorrow.
He will be competing in the full bore rifle and police tactical pistol shooting competition. Chattwal migrated to Australia in 2014 and is working with the New South Wales Police where he took up shooting as a sport. His parents Ujjal Singh Chattwal and Kawaljit Kaur are Zirakpur residents.
In 2015, he won the bronze medal in the Australian Emergency Services Pistol Championships in Canberra. Next year, he participated in the Victorian Police Pistol Club Championships and won six silver medals.
In the NSW Police Games last year, he won the silver medal in small bore rifle and the bronze medal in the pistol shooting.
“It’s a great feeling to represent Australia in this championship. I had never thought of joining police department but now I am enjoying it,” said Chattwal.
He also claimed to have carried the Australian flag during the 2016 Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
“I am a correctional officer in the department. Shooting was never my first choice as I was more inclined towards business but with the passage of time I developed my interest in the sport,” he added.
Chattwal claims to be the first Sikh national to represent Department of Justice and Australia at the World Police Games. He has studied in city schools before moving to Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun.
“I will try to win this championship to make my country proud,” said Chattwal.