Aarya Apurva from Ahmedabad, the young figure skater was ranked No.2 in the Nationals in 2015 and 2nd in the age group 10-12. She has added the laurels to her list through various tournaments. She holds 11 State Championship Medals. In 2016, she was ranked 3rd in the Cadet group at Roller Skating Asians.
If you Could Change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I have a habit of taking unimportant things so seriously and ends up in great trouble. So, this would be one thing I always wished to change.
What is your practice routine like?
In morning, I start by stretching followed by work out for an hour. During the day, mental practice by reading through the practice manual and reading through affirmations on the way to the rink, and then practice for three hours in the evening.
What’s the first thing you do when you get home from tour?
After getting back from tournament, I would be really tired first of all. I would probably watch a nice movie with Khichdi and Potato pie. That’s my favorite.
One habit that you want to break or you have broken?
I have a habit to work a little slowly, a compulsive habit to do something in a particular way, would like to speed up on my work.
What drives you to go for training every day?
The courage and the will to show up to yourself, coach and the team. The thought that I could do something for my country. Patriotism!
Any rituals you follow
I don’t follow rituals as such but makes sure that I am cool enough. I take deep breaths and be calm before the event and listen to my favorite songs in a way this helps me to be calmer and cool.
One match that you are very proud of
I performed well at the Asian Roller Skating Championship to win the Bronze Medal.
What does it mean to you to represent India?
It means a lot to me. It encourages me to perform as much as I can. It is a privilege for me to do something for my country that has done so much for me. It is my ultimate achievement to make my country proud.
Perks of being an athlete
Athletes are physically quite fit. They have a good control over what they should and should not do. They always follow a balanced and principled life and I am somewhat similar.
Your first match for India
We reached China the evening before our event, reached at the venue directly and practiced for afew hours. The next morning we had our official practice where I tried to make the most of the time available. In the next one hour we had our event. I took a deep breath and went full out, thankfully scoring well.
What are your secret skills?
I can be very witty at times and I am also practicing Kathak dance since the past seven years.
Best sports movie ever. Why?
I love Sports Movies like Dangal, Mary Kom, because despite all difficulties, with sheer grit, training and focus, they excelled in whatever they did. Also the role of a coach in bringing out the best of the player through training and self-belief.
What is the scariest experience you have ever had?
The scariest experience I had was when I was alone in my room at night and there was an electric power failure. I am extremely scared of the dark.
Your most Embarrassing moment
When my friends came to know that I am extremely scared of the dark. I am really scared of darkness that unfolds so when they got to know about this it was very embarrassing.
One super power you wish you had, how would you use it?
I would always wish to have a superpower that as soon as I read or listen to something, I remember it word to word for atleast 3 years. It would be very useful, especially in exams.
“Always believe in the strengths and skills that you have”
Greatest Indian athlete of all time?
I admire many, some of them are Mary Kom, Dhoni, Tendulkar, Saina Nehwal & favourite is P.V.Sindhu.
Your biggest inspiration
My Parents and grandparents. I don’t think they ever stopped trying and trying is the most important thing in life.