Hi-Fliers

Our Hiflier column will feature the success stories of students who have done extraordinarily well in their after school activities. We will be featuring the interviews with these students.....covering their route to success and also their experiences and tips to other students.....and Oh ....these interviews have been done by members of our team of volunteers....this column will feature the hiflier interviews for one week after which they will be moved to the 'hall of fame'!!!....


Hiflier of the week

Sports - Chess.

Name: Aarathy Kasturiraj

Areas of Excellence: Skating - International level Champion.

Class: XII th, Bhavan’S Rajaji Vidyashram, Kilpauk, Chennai.

Interviewed By:

Name: Annapoorni Barani

Class: 11th-A,Vidyodaya Matriculation Higher secondary Academy, Chennai.

She started her skating career at the age of seven, and has already won 103 Medals out of which 87 are Gold, 9 Silver and 7 Bronze at various national and international skating events - both ice skating and inline skating. She had won Three Gold Medals in the "47th National Roller Skating Championship" held on February 2010 in Nagpur. She had also won the Individual Championship in her category. Represented India in the "14th Asian Roller Skating Championship", held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on July 2010 and won Two Bronze Medals in 3000m Relay (Track) and 5000m Relay (Road) races. She has also won the "National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement" In the Field of Roller Skating For The Year 2008 From the Ministry of Women And Child Development, and has also won the 'YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD' for Demonstrating Excellence in Roller Skating and Ice Skating in the year 2005 from Sornammal Educational Trust. Let’s meet Aarathy Kasturiraj, “THE SKATING PRINCESS

She has shared her exciting journey in the field of Sports for all of you @ Scooldudes.
Describe your field of excellence
I am a national and international level skating champion. I do roller skating and ice skating. In roller skating, I focus on speed and inline skating and In ice skating I focus on short-track speed skating.
For how many years have you been learning?
I have been learning for over 10 years.
Is there any scope for skating in India?

Yes of course. Skating is part of the Olympics and it has tremendous scope both within and outside India.
Who was the first to recognize your talent in skating?
My Parents.
How do you juggle your time between studies and your passion?
It is very hard. But I have no otherchoice.My dad accompanies me for my national and international tournaments and my mom ensures that I do well in my studies too.
Who is your role model?
The great American OLYMPIC gold medalist DEREK PARRAH.
What is your ambition in life?
I want to be a doctor like my mother and win a gold medal in skating in the Olympics.
What are the unforgettable moments in your life?
When I won the SWISS INLINE CUP held at Switzerland.
What is your greatest fear?
When I am on the starting line before any race.
What is your definition of happiness?
Looking at my parents’ face with the winning trophy in hand.
How do you recover from your failures?
Whenever I lose, there is this burning fire inside me that motivates me to try harder.
Thank you Aarathy!
The team @ Scooldudes wishes her all the very best for her future endeavors.