Twelve-year-old Harsha Wani, a student of Euro School, Airoli, made the city proud by securing third position in the world skating event held in Belgium last month. The event witnessed around 1,000 children from 24 countries participating in it. Out of eight children from India who participated in the mega event, five were from Navi Mumbai.
Wani, a class VI student, secured third place in the 800 metre race in Flanders Grand Prix, an international speed skating championship held at Mundial Track, Oostende, Belgium. Wani represented Pupillen category where more than 70 skaters ran at a time. However, all the participants had to run in all six categories.
The participation in the Flanders Grand Prix helped children get an international exposure to the game. “It is the dream of every aspiring skater to play at an international event and Flanders Grand Prix is one of the best, which takes place every year,” said Sanjay Singh, Wani’s coach.
Singh added, “Skaters got an exposure to an atmosphere of an international championship with world renowned skaters.
Moreover, they were able to prove their benchmark in such a mega-European event. This has boosted the morale and aspiration of the skaters in the city.”
The enthusiastic Wani said about his feat that this has been possible because of the support and cooperation he got from the school management and his parents.
Sanwal Sarthak, also a student of Euro School, secured fourth position in the 1,000 metre race. Dhrumil Tandel and Rushil Mistry secured eleventh and twelfth position in 1,600 metre race respectively. “Securing these positions in the world event is remarkable,” said Singh.
Giving information about the track, Singh said, “The length of the track was 200 metre with width of 6 metre and Vesmaco coating surface.” All the children took training at Caliber Racing.