Every year at the Flanders Grand Prix the children’s categories are an important part of the tournament. It’s not often that kids as young as 6 years old are participating in the same event as senior World Champions. Last weekend in Zandvoorde it happend.
Every year I think I will finally get something to eat, sort my pictures, take a nap or do an interview during the kids races. But every year I stay at the track and end up watching the races, because it’s so much fun. Some skaters are really talented and go for the win, others are just happy to participate, cheered on by family and friends.
Try to remember the names of the kids on the podium this year, you might have seen the world champions of the future 🙂
This was definetely the domain of the Zwaantjes. Fran, Hannelore and Jinthe got all the top 3 finishes, only Sophia (Darmstadt) took 3rd place in the first race. Maartje Berkhout from Holland is following in the footsteps of her older silblings, who are all regular participants at the Grand Prix.
Dhiren from India won all the races, Matheo and Mathis got all the other podium spots. The young Frenchman looks very happy with his trophy.
Elise could not beat the two strong French girls from Roller Sport Saint Pierrais. Uks Orlica has a new talent already, Aleksandra, who got two 3rd places this weekend and the overall 4th place.
This season it was very difficult to beat Arthur Buckler. Almost every race he entered he has won. Ashwath had to settle for 2nd in all races. Jarne Feenstra took enough points for 3rd place. The only Danish skater on the podium this weekend was Theis Lundsted.
Last year we saw Hanna Mazur take the win as a pupil. This year as first year Scholier only Salomé Fitoussi managed to beat her at the 1200 meter inline. Unfortunatly a big crash influenced the last race on sunday. Luckely all the girls stood up right away and kept racing. Only Hanna and Maaike were ahead of the crash and took 1st and 2nd place.
Team India, with Shiva, Anish, Prasad and Srihari, made for an orange and yellow podium. They were definitely the strongest skaters in this age group. Maurice Marosi from speedteam Bodensee was the only one who could come close to these guys.
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