Skater Harshbeer all set for world championship
City-based skater Harshbeer Singh Sekhon has done it again, and this time in a bigger way, as he will represent the country in the upcoming World Championship Roller Speed Skating. The championship will be held in Argentina in November.punjab Updated: Jun 16, 2014 12:53 IST
City-based skater Harshbeer Singh Sekhon has done it again, and this time in a bigger way, as he will represent the country in the upcoming World Championship Roller Speed Skating. The championship will be held in Argentina in November.Before this, in September he will also participate in the Asian Roller Skating Championship that will be held in China.
The Roller Skating Federation of India (RSFI), after evaluating the individual performance of players in the country in the past one year, short-listed 40 best skaters from across the country for the juniors section (U-19) during the trials conducted at Mysore on May 24.
Sharing his happiness, Sekhon said, “On being informed over the phone that I will be part of the trials for world championship, my happiness knew no bounds. But, I was quite nervous on the day of the trials and could not perform to my full capacity. In the 20-kilometre road race event, which I am good at, after trailing behind for good 17 laps, took a breakaway (to sprint suddenly to surpass everyone in the race) and sailed through smoothly till the very end finishing first, clocking 35.04 minutes.”
Earlier, Sekhon bagged two golds and one bronze medal in the 59th School Games National Championship (SGFI) held at Virar, Mumbai in January.
The 16-year-old skater, Sekhon, who developed the penchant for skating at six, dedicated his success to his coach and parents.
During the trials for the selection for the Asian Skating Championship, Sekhon, in point-to-point (points are given according to the player’s standing in each lap) 10-kilometre track event, scored 52 points to secure the first place.
Among the best eight selected to play for India in the world roller skating and Asian skating championships, Sekhon has been positioned at number two under his age group.
Sekhon said, “Breaking my old records during the trials has boosted my confidence. I feel honoured to represent my country at the international platform. I am quite optimistic of bringing home a medal.”