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This young skater from Jalandhar bags gold medal in state level skating competition

10-year-old Khushveen Kaur, student at Apeejay School, Model Town, talks about her winning journey

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Apeejay student Khushveen Kaur is a budding skater, who has won the gold, silver as well as a bronze medals in 1500 metres road race, lap track race, and 1000 metres race categories respectively. The Class 4 student from Apeejay School Model Town recently participated in the state-level skating competition, organised by the Government of Punjab. In an interview, Khushveen says, “I performed at the district-level skating competition for the first time and won the bronze medal. Since then, I have never looked back.” Read edited excerpts:

How did you get to know about the competition?

My coach, who trains me for skating, told me about this competition. He sent me the advertisement and I enrolled myself on the website. He guided me throughout the practice and encouraged me to win so many awards in different categories.

How did you develop interest in skating?

I used to see a lot of kids trying to learn skating in our neighborhood. During summer vacations, I requested my mother to allow me to learn skating. So, she sent me to the 10 days camp. I did find it difficult initially, but my coach kept on encouraging me and I was able to learn to skate.

Since what age are you practicing skating?

I began my training during summer camp when I was 5-year-old. But I became inclined towards the sport at the age of 8. Unfortunately, due to the global pandemic, I was not able to continue my training. However, I have now resumed my practice.

How did you learn skating?

Once I became serious about this sport, my coach in school supported me and taught me some fine points to do better. He encouraged me to attend the practice sessions. I performed at the district-level skating competition for the first time and won the bronze medal. Since then, I have never looked back.

How long did you practice skating before the competition?

I practice for 2 hours every day, and when any tournament is approaching I give maximum time for my preparation. I go to Ludhiana everyday with my mother to practice on the rink. After finishing my homework we start the training at 5 pm and return by 12 midnight.

Are you planning to participate in any other competition?

There are various state and national level competitions coming up after March. I am practicing very hard for the same and looking forward to winning many awards.

Divya is a Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has a degree of Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication. She was a former sub-editor at News 24. Her passion for writing has always contributed to her professional and personal growth.

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