In the heart of Nongstoin a hidden gem was discovered in the form of Mebanrilang Lyngdoh Marshillong, a passionate 17-year-old who developed a 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 MGA.
Recognising Meban’s exceptional potential and dedication, the association eagerly embraced him. 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 5th Meghalaya Games.
His golden triumphs came in the Men’s Open Category, Vaulting Table, and Floor Exercise.
The MGA has frequently relied on experienced coaches from outside the state to develop the nascent gymnastics scene in Meghalaya and this time was no different, with a coach from Assam undertaking a 30-day spell of training.
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.