On her fourth birthday seven years ago, Vidushi Rawat received a pair of skates as gift from her parents. The child took an instant liking for the gear, and after a couple of months of skating coaching classes at school, she was certain to have founded her passion for life.
“While Indian women are enjoying more socio-economic freedom than ever before, a lot more needs to done in this direction. Here, the role of parents becomes all the more important, in that they should give their daughters required liberty and support them in realising their dreams.”
Today, the 11-year-old, who studies in Class 7 at Banyan Tree School, Sector 48, is arguably one of the best upcoming speed skaters in the city: her swelling tally boasts of more than 90 medals won at different local, state and national level tournaments. In recognition of her achievements, Vidushi was also conferred with the State Award by UT administrator Shivraj Patil in 2011. The early start seems to have worked well for the youngster.
“Just a couple of months after starting with skating in 2007, Vidushi participated in her first local competition and won a silver medal in the rink race event for the under6 girls. The feat gave her a lot of confidence, and also assured us that skating was her calling,” shares a proud father Barinder Singh Rawat. Vidushi’s sporting aspirations got a further boost when she won one gold and a silver medal in her first Chandigarh State Roller Skating Championship the same year.
Since then, the skater has never looked back and is the reigning state champion for the last five years. Apart from state and zonal championships, Vidushi has also made her mark at the national level tournaments. She won her first medals in a national championship, a gold medal in road race and a silver in rink race 2, during the 51st National Roller Skating Championship held in Mumbai last year.
“I cherish my national championship medals the most. It’s not only because these were my first at the event, but also because the gold won by me was the first by any UT girl in the last eight years,” says Vidushi, who trains under coach Chander Singhal at Rolling Tigers Academy, Panchkula.
On what is next up on her radar, Vidushi says, “I am looking forward to state championship and a couple of national level tournaments which will be held in a month or two. I want to maintain my good record in these events.”
And what is her ultimate aim? “To represent India at international events,” comes a quick one from Vidushi, who idealises ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal.