Adhiraj Kundlas now knows what it means to step on the dais and receive shiny yellow piece of metal amid team-mates cacophonous cheering. His effort in the 8-10 quads category in the Federation National Roller Skating Championship held in Bangalore bore him the gold medal in road race and brought him face-to-face with the elusive gladdening emotion. He was gripped by same flood of emotions when he was given the Chaudhary Ranbir Singh Hooda Award of Honour by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda recently.
At 10,Adhiraj has the soul,two great feet and the talent to become what his father Pawan Kumar had dreamed of when he first introduced his son to a nascent sport in the region. I sensed opportunity and advised my son to take to roller skating. The fact that there was a skating rink in his school only made me reiterate my words, said Pawan.
Now with wheels on his young feet,Adhirajs ambition and hard work achieved new heights whenever he hit the road. He won gold in two state championships and a silver in the School National Games in Delhi last month. Selection in the Sports and Physical Aptitude Test (SPAT) has further boosted his confidence.
Like Adhiraj,there are hundred other success stories in the cradle of roller skating in the Tricity – The Rolling Tigers Academy. It is here that hundreds of dreamers learn to give wings to their dreams,and Adhiraj is one of them.
When the academy was started by Chander Singhal in Panchkula in 1999,he never thought roller skating would become one of the most sought after sports in the Tricity. He started off modestly,with 20 children under his wing. Success was his biggest advertisement which attracted hundreds like Adhiraj to his academy. One of the biggest benefits of roller skating is that it is a complete exercise like swimming. It helps people recuperate from problems like asthma etc.,
His apprentices,meanwhile,also helped roller skating become a popular sport in the Tricity. A Limca Record and World Record,where three of his pupils were part of the 78-member skating group covered 720 km in 31 hours to break the world record in Bangalore last year,further acted like word of mouth advertisement for him.
Chander explained,Our training starts at 4:30 in the morning and each trainee do 20-25 km in two to three hours. Even trainees who are six or seven years of age have to undergo the same ordeal. This sport is also helping them organise their life.
Last year,28 trainees from his academy were part of the national team. In all,he has produced more than 150 national players till now and his academy swelled to 300 students.