Amritsar’s little wonder skates to Attari border

  • Usmeet Kaur, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Dec 26, 2014 09:16 IST

Braving the bonechilling cold wave sweeping the region, four-year-old Raavi Bajwa, who aims to make a place in Limca Book of Records, tightened her skates to travel from Amritsar to Attari border.

As it seemed difficult to venture out of blanket on the chilly Thursday morning, she skated her way in this inclement weather, evoking awe among the bypassers.

Raavi was accompanied by her father Amritpal Singh Bajwa, who video- graphed her performance all through the stretch, and coach Vijay Kumar consistently backed her up.

The young skater, a kindergarten student at Delhi Public school, Amritsar, started rolling on the national highway number 1 from Verka Bypass and completed the 36- km stretch to Attari Border in 2 hours 25 minutes.

While other tiny tots of the city were busy celebrating Christmas indoors with their friends and families and enjoying Christmas parties, a shivering Raavi, in her white skating kit, braved the cold to make his coach and family proud.

Talking to HT afterher amazing performance, she said, “It is very cold but I was determined not to stop in the middle to rest. My father asked me to sip juice/water but I refused. I wasn’t thirsty at all, but now I am exhausted and want to go back and sleep in my parents’ lap”.

Her mother Kawalpreet said, “Raavi started learning skating in summer holidays but the way she picked it up, me and my husband encouraged her to pursue the sport seriously. She leaves everyone awestruck when she lands on the rink and the road”.

On her achievements till now, she added, “In the 10th open district roller skating championship held at the Company Bagh skating rink at Amritsar in October, Raavi bagged first position in under-six category. Then in the 18th open district roller skating competition held in November at DAV International Public School, she bagged three gold medals -- two in rink and one on road.”

In the 11th open roller skating championship held at recently, Raavi bagged gold medal in under-six category.

“She is very regular and passionate towards skating and has been specially trained for the sport in such rough weather conditions. Before she could head to Attari, I had to build up her stamina to perform,” claims coach Vijay.

“Every morning this little champ comes for the training for one-and-a-half hours and in the evening for an hour. She came to me in June but the way she picked up the sport was unbelievable.

Also in her age, no one has entered Limca Book of Records – so I am focused to get her name there.”

He said, “The last record in skating was made by Amritsar girl Mehak Gupta in April 2011, when she was seven-year-old, by covering a distance of 29 km from Company Bagh to Attari border in just 80 minutes. Raavi would be the first at the age of four to enter this book of records”.

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