This year the World Championships will be held in the Netherlands, in Heerde and Arnhem. In our series #Worlds2018 we will talk to skaters from all over the world and find out who they are, what their goals are for Worlds and what skatinglife is like in their own country.

Today: India

Before the opening ceremony four skaters from India tell us their story: Rachita (senior), Rea, Maazin and Anand. They have all never been to Europe before and they like it very much. The best part, they say, is that the sun sets very late, in India  the sun sets at 7 pm. Compared to India it’s very clean and green here.

The team arrived in Holland yesterday and already had two training sessions on the track. Maazin: “The track really awesome.”

About skating in India … a lot of people are skating and there are tracks almost like the one in Heerde. The girls say they started skating at a very young age. “When you start winning medals it’s very motivating. It started as a hobby but now it’s a passion.” It’s still difficult to make money in skating so everybody studies very hard too. It’s training in the morning, then going to school, and training in the evening again.

To qualify for Worlds there was one qualifying moment and then trainingcamps where the riders had to prove their capabilities.

What is their goal for this tournament? After a bit of discussion: “top-10 or top-15” They do both long distance and sprint. The junior ladies and men and senior ladies also have a relay team.

Rea also skates on ice,  short track. I’m surprised to hear there are multiple ice rinks in India as well.

India at the opening ceremony. Picture: skeelernieuws.nl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To follow Team India, check out their Facebookpage

 

Worlds will be held from 1-3 july on the track in Heerde and from 5-8 july in Arnhem on the road.
Go to 
wkinlineskaten.nl (website also in English)  for tickets and info.
Do you want to know more about Worlds? Check out our Teams section on the website and look for #Worlds2018