After bagging medals two gold and one bronze medals at the 59th School Games National Championship (SGFI), city lad Harshbeer Singh Sekhon, 16, is now aiming at representing the country in World Roller Skating Championship.
The SGFI was held at Virar, Mumbai, in January where Sekhon clinched one gold in 1,000m, one gold in 5,000m and a bronze in 500m category.
Sekhon developed inclination towards the game at a tender age of six. Harshbeer said, "When I was a kid, one day while I was passing by the road at Leisure Valley skating rink area at Sarabha Nagar, I saw skaters practising there. The very same day I forced my dad to get me admitted in the academy. Next day he took me to the academy to enroll me."
A student of Class 10 at DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, Sekhon competes in inline speed skating events. He had also won two silver medals in the 51st Open Nationals Roller Skating Championship, which was held at Virar, Mumbai in December last year.
Earlier, in the Open District level championship held in October last year, he won three gold medals in 5000m, 10,000m and 15,000m categories.
In the same month, he bagged three gold in the State School Roller Skating Championship held in Ludhiana.
Budding skater gives the credit of his success to his parents, saying that they were the biggest motivating force for him always.
About his practise schedule, Sekhon said, "The practice session begins at 5am in the morning till 7am, and from 4pm to 6pm. Apart from regular practice sessions, I make sure that I devote one to exercise hour every day to build stamina."
"Being a sportsperson, the struggle of an athlete to perform and ascend in the movie, 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag', inspired me a lot," said Sekhon.
About the attitude of the sports authorities in the state, he rued, "I have seen that in other states, players performing well get free education, sports kits, and their achievements are duly appreciated too.
But it is a rare case in our state. Even small gesture recognition to the players can boost their morale, which will reflect on their games."
Sharing the motivating lines, "Winners never quit and quitters never win", he said he would work hard to represent the country in the World Roller Skating Championship, thus bringing proud for the nation.