Tura, January 18: In the heart of Nongstoin, situated in West Khasi Hills a hidden gem was discovered in the form of Mebanrilang Lyngdoh Marshillong, a passionate 17-year-old young individual who stumbled upon his love for Callisthenics (an artistic sport that combines dancing, gymnastics, ballet, and apparatus work) through online videos. With very little technical knowledge, he garnered attention for his outstanding abilities, leading to an invitation from the Meghalaya Gymnastics Association to join their ranks for advanced training. Little did he know that this newfound passion would not only transform his life but also bring glory to the entire community. At the ongoing 5th Meghalaya Games in Tura, Meban has wowed the audience with three Gold Medals. 

Mebanrilang’s journey began with humble practice sessions with friends, documented and shared on platforms like Instagram. The digital era played a pivotal role in making this talent attract the eye of none other than the Meghalaya Gymnastics Association. Recognizing Meban’s exceptional potential and dedication, the Meghalaya Gymnastics Association eagerly embraced him into their fold. In a mere three months of intensive training and preparation, Mebanrilang underwent a remarkable transformation – evolving from a small-town enthusiast to the overall champion of the prestigious 5th Meghalaya Games. His golden triumphs in the Men’s Open Category, Vaulting Table, and Floor Exercise at the Meghalaya Games were not just personal victories but a testament to the synergy of talent and dedication.

Understanding the importance of nurturing budding talent, the Gymnastic Association sought the expertise of a seasoned coach from Assam. Over a 30-day training period, the coach witnessed first-hand the extraordinary potential and eagerness to learn displayed by Meghalaya’s emerging athletes. The dedicated efforts of these young athletes not only met but surpassed expectations, paving the way for unprecedented success.

However, Meban’s ambitions extend far beyond local triumphs. With a vision set on the national and international stages, he aspires to elevate Callisthenics to new heights in Meghalaya. His dream is not just personal but collective, set with an aim to inspire more residents to embrace the transformative power of sports. 

It is due to the unwavering commitment of these young sportspersons along with the determined focus that the Government of Meghalaya is putting on Sports, for the state’s youth, these young talents are poised to make a resounding impact on the gymnastics scene, carrying the hopes and aspirations of an entire community. As they set their sights on higher stages, Mebanrilang’s journey becomes a beacon of inspiration, proving that dreams, when nurtured with dedication and support, can truly take flight.