Visakhapatnam: On his fourth birthday ten years ago, Priyam Tated clinched a medal in a skating competition. Now the 14-year-old Vizag’s skater Priyam Tated, who won laurels for his country by winning gold and silver medals in various international and national events, has set sights on bagging a medal at the skating world championships.
Priyam Tated won a gold medal in inline free skating category at the recently concluded 55th national roller skating championship in Chennai. District Collector Pravin Kumar felicitated the skater and said that Priyam will bring many laurels to Vizag.
The dedicated skater Priyam became a synonym for skating in Vizag and Andhra Pradesh as he won over 50 medals, including five medals (one gold in Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy-2016, two silver and two bronze) in international events.
“When I was just three years old, I started skating as I used to watch the practice session of my sister Divya Tated. My sister is an inspiration for me and I learnt roller, artistic and figure skating,” says Priyam, a class-IX student of a private school in Vizag city.
“My dream is to emerge world champion and to clinch medals in Olympics as there are chances to include skating in Olympics-2024,” he added. Priyam’s day consists of training every morning before school and evening after school. He has to go through a vigorous training programme to achieve a billion people’s dream. Priyam aims to become a world champion in roller skates says Priyam’s father and Secretary of Shivaji Park Skating Association, Mahendra Tated.
“Though Vizag has produced many talented skaters, Vizag requires a lot to improve the skills of the skaters. We have been requesting for an indoor stadium with wooden skating rink to train them in a world-class environment to give competition to skaters from other countries like China in the international events, but no one has addressed the issue. Priyam has been trying hard to fulfil his dream but like all others, he also requires financial support to undergo vigorous training in foreign countries to compete with international skaters,” he said.