Crowned Athlete

A focus on the struggle toward excellence in athletics and to inspire youth overwhelmed by the bounds of normative culture and their faith

About Crowned Athletes

Originating in Punjab, Sikhi (also called Sikhism) is one of the fasting growing religions in the world with 25 million Sikhs living around the globe. Sikhs follow a number of beliefs including the maintenance of kes (unshorn hair). Tying kes in a turban has become a defining feature synonymous with the Sikh identity and stands as a symbol of pride, courage, and resilience. Nonetheless wearing a turban in western society presents many challenges. Practicing members are often faced with an internal struggle of fitting in while maintaining their identity and faith, specifically Sikhs playing sports. These insecurities often develop at a young age. in the Sikh community which lead many Sikh youth, who are heavily involved with sports, to question the principles of their faith. This project intends to bring light to the struggles and achievements of Sikh athletes while laying a foundation to inspire Sikh youth. The overarching aim of this project is to cement the notion that Sikhs, despite the various adversities and struggles they may face in the athletic field, are able to maintain their identity while still thriving and excelling in their areas of skill and expertise.

This short documentary will showcase highly respected professional athletes and discuss their struggles.

 

Prabhjit

Researcher, Martial Artist, Photographer and Cinematographer   

Prabhjit S. Sabharwal
Director/Producer  


Robin

Award winning film maker with experience in corporate, music videos, and short documentaries    

Robin J. Kavanagh
Director of Photography


Purpose of the film


Youth Empowerment and Pride in Ethnic Diversity

Informational Piece

Practicing members, especially the youth, are often faced with an internal struggle of choosing to align with mainstream culture or align with the culture they have grown up with at home. In current Western society, it is these youths who can become insecure in their appearances because Sikhs cannot hide who they are. These insecurities often develop at a young age in the Sikh community which lead many Sikh youth, especially those who are heavily involved with sports, to question the principles of their faith. Sikh role models, specifically athletes, are difficult to come by in mainstream media, hence, this film looks to guide the youth to feel prideful in not only their appearances, but also their faith. Through highlighting the struggles and extraordinary achievements of Sikh athletes, a foundation will be laid for the Sikhi youth to feel inspired to adapt their sport to their faith. This project intends to bring light to the struggles and achievements of Sikh athletes while laying a foundation to inspire Sikh youth. The overarching aim of this project is to cement the notion that Sikhs, despite the various adversities and struggles they may face in the athletic field, are able to maintain their identity while still thriving and excelling in their areas of skill and expertise.

With this film, we will showcase who Sikhs are and how they adapt their sport to their faith. The general populous has many questions about what Sikhs do in terms of their turbans. As many people are unsure, we will outline the personalities behind Sikhs and normalize different styles and interpretations of the turbans. This will help show that Sikhs, based off their merit, can be classified as an athlete first, instead of the complexion of their skin or because of their turbans.

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About the director

While most kids his age were consumed with playing video games and channel surfing, Prabhjit (Prab for short) Sabharwal was fascinated by art and sought out every opportunity to learn more about graphic design. He quickly found his niche while apprenticing as a Junior Graphic Artist and realized a newfound creative passion for photo editing and soon expanded into digital video creation. Some of Prab’s earliest experiments were music videos produced against a backdrop of a home-made cardstock greenscreen with a primitive point-and-shoot camera as well as video game montages which were displayed on his YouTube channel. In high school he enhanced his knowledge by taking courses geared towards digital production which helped him become more proficient in the technical aspects of photography and cinematography. In 2017, Prab began pursuing photography more intently and, as his skills developed, his talent was recognized through social media. Prab invested in a DSLR and built a side business in photography. During the pandemic, Prab took on bigger projects, including promotional videos for several martial art studios shot in 4K. Prab lives a very active lifestyle and, in addition to art, has been immersed in sports for many years. He played on soccer and hockey teams for eight years before discovering Shotokan Karate-do and has devoted thousands of hours to his Karate school while balancing his academic, and social commitments. He was invited to join his dojo as a senior instructor when he was a blue belt as a result of his strong leadership qualities, dedication to his sport, and the strong interpersonal connections he made with his fellow students and instructors. He acquired his second-degree black belt in 2020 while continuing to teach and expanded his experience in the martial arts realm to include Ju-Jitsu, Gatka, Kickboxing, and Boxing. In 2019 he won bronze in the BC Open Provincials as an amateur boxer. Through his experience as a Karate instructor, Prab developed a passion for mentoring youth. His position placed him in a situation where he was not only teaching self-defense and discipline to students, but also acting as a role model. He was so popular with his students that they often sought his advice and counsel on issues/topics beyond Karate. Prab realized that the success of one student in the class helped immensely to cultivate motivation and confidence in their peers in the same sport, which became the dream/inspiration behind 5 Yard Productions. Prab has a strong sense of pride and purpose in being a practicing Sikh, and acknowledges his early experiences with societal pressure and judgement that arise from being an ethnic minority. However, he is thankful for his support network, including his very understanding parents who recognized the challenges faced by a child trying to fit into modern Western Society. They helped him navigate the cultural divide to feel comfortable with his religion and circumstances and encouraged him to pursue his education while remaining true to his passionate nature. In 2018, Prab was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Simon Fraser University. He currently works in Research and Development at Balsar Community Foundation, and is a math and science tutor for university and high school students, a senior karate instructor, and professional photographer and videographer. With over 10 years’ experience in graphic design and media creation, the technical excellence in his sports of choice, and experience of growing up as a practicing Sikh, Prab has both the skill sets and unique perspective to take his photography and videography to the next level, aiming to use his platform to create better social awareness of the issues and topics he cares most about. With support from his family and friends, Prab felt it was the perfect time to bring to fruition the 5 Yards Production project that he has held close to his heart for many years.

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