Hyderabad: For 37-year-old Anup Yama, his biggest dream is to produce a champion skater from the city of Hyderabad. The former World Champion and Asian Games bronze medallist is on that mission as he has come up with a first-ever Yama Skating Academy at Delhi Public School (Nacharam and Nadergul) where training would be given in Artistic Roller Skating.
“When I had started my skating career we never had the facilities like right skates or rink or guidance. Despite all these handicaps, if I could be a world champion, I felt we could have a champion skater in the future if we had good training facilities and coaches,’’ said Yama, who always spoke highly of his father Veeresh’ sacrifices for his eventful career.
A recipient of Arjuna Award in 2015, Anup won one gold and two bronzes in World championship. He also bagged a bronze medal in Asian Games apart from over 100 medals in Nationals and Asian Championships. “When I stood up on the podium after winning the gold in the world championship, I always felt it should not stop with me. This journey, of course, needs a lot of dedication, determination and hard work with a planned dedicated academy,’’ he added.
Keeping in view of the hard work and scientific approach required to give high class coaching, Anup has set up world standard rinks as per the stipulations of world skating. “We need to catch the children young. Three years above have been allowed to join the academy. But there are some events like roller hockey and inline hockey where kids need to be over eight years old. The training includes full-fledged fitness and cardio tests. We have fitness coaches from NIS and coaches are State and National level champions. It will be done through a scientific approach,’’
Anup said this idea about a skating academy came when he was visiting DPS Schools as chief guest. “I would suggest there that a child needs to take sport seriously and can represent India through sport. It is a wonderful feeling when you represent your country in a sporting event. That was a period when DPS authorities felt that my approach was something which could help the children.’’
The ace skater said he wants to make the students and parents understand that sport helps in improving the general outlook of a child. “The sport would also help the child to improve fitness which would help in his/her education career. India is predominantly an education-oriented country and now we are gradually evolving into sport as well. My goal for children is to keep short term goals like competing at district level as I always felt success at grass root level helps you to give a strong foundation. The children should not have a vision of a world champion at the early stage because it unnecessarily invites pressure. He/she should enjoy the sport and think of being better than yesterday,’’ he signed off.
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