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‘My sport is all about speed and swiftness’

Aadya, a roller-skating champion and student of Apeejay School Kharghar, shares insights about his practice and key learnings

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Aadya Poojary’s mantra is simple: talk less and practice more. The class 10 student of Apeejay School, Kharghar is an ace skating champion who started at the sport when he was only 3-years-old. Chasing his dreams, the young performer says in an intervieW, ‘I want to make it big by being part of the Indian Army and taking the sport to the Olympics someday.’ Edited excerpts:

How did you start at the sport?

I started learning it formally at a very young age. I picked it simply because I like wheels.

Please tell us about your recent achievement at skating.

I won two golds and one silver medal in the 58th National Roller Skating Championship representing Maharashtra in the Sub-Junior category in Mohali, 2019. I competed against hundreds of participants and it was a tough victory. I owe it to my coach Mr. Shahnawaz Ak at Race Rockers Academy in Kharghar.

Given the lockdown imposed in Maharashtra, how are you practising currently?

For now, I am taking a break. I would love to continue with skating once the Covid-situation comes under control. To keep myself fit, I play football as of now. I am a regular at this sport and have also been part of DSO District-level Football Tournaments.

What is your schedule like?

With my skating practice, I start my day at around 3:30 in the morning. The practice session starts at 4 AM and goes on till 6:30. In the evening again, I go for my practice from 6:30 to 8. I devote the hours in between to my classes at school, studies and homework.

How has Apeejay helped you in your sports journey?

I am part of the school football team. Apeejay has supported my endeavours and teachers at the school have always encouraged me to do well.

The most important thing needed to practice skating?

Stability and strength. The sport also needs a lot of practice and concentration. It is about speed, swiftness and the spirit to compete with oneself.

Your aspiration?

I would like to skate at International-level competitions as well. I feel that this is one sport that should make it to the Olympics. Given my interest in fitness, I aspire to be part of the Indian Army someday. 

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