Congratulation to Aneesha Lakra, a student of the B.Tech 2018 batch, on her successful participation at the International Level in the World Roller Games

congratulations to Aneesha Lakra, a student of the B.Tech 2018 batch, on her successful participation at the International Level in the World Roller Games held in Barcelona

IIIT-Delhi would like to congratulate Aneesha Lakra, a student of the B.Tech 2018 batch, on her successful participation at the International Level in the World Roller Games held in Barcelona from 4th-14th July, 2019.

She participated in the Inline Freestyle event (Senior Women Category) and finished as World Rank 23. Aneesha has been skating for 11 years, and started freestyle skating after her coach took part in the world championship of 2009 and felt very motivated to start this sport in India. They presented demos in nationals for artistic skating and freestyle skating was officially introduced as a federation sport in 2011.

As her first championship, she said it truly tested her patience and discipline. She elaborates, "Training was possibly the toughest part of the entire championship. A close second was performing in front of world champions who I have idolised my entire life. I learnt freestyle watching their videos. We did not have any coach come in to tell us what to do." She said an especially inspiring moment was meeting Klaudia Hartmanis, the Polish skater who holds World Rank 1 in classic freestyle, who has been Aneesha's inspiration since she began skating.

The World Roller Games 2019 are the biggest sporting event hosted by Barcelona since the 1992 Olympic Games, 27 years ago. From 4 to 14 July, the Roller and Skateboarding World Championships were held in Barcelona in 11 disciplines: Alpine, Artistic, Roller Freestyle, Downhill, Inline Freestyle, Inline Hockey, Rink Hockey, Roller Derby, Scooter, Speed and Skateboarding. The
WSG saw 140,000 spectators this year. Inline Freestyle Roller Skating is about creativity and skill, and according to the official World Roller Games Website - "In this discipline, skilled athletes perform seemingly impossible tricks and figures around a straight line of equidistant cones."

Aneesha's most poignant comment about her experience was - "It is after championships like these that you feel the actual sports culture and feel like a part of a bigger whole that is tied together by their mutual love for their art. It is too pure and simply untouched by any politics of outside."