Longest Backwards Limbo Skating Under
Bars - Abhishek Navale sets world record
BELGAUM, India -- Abhishek Navale,
7, successfully moved under bars providing a gliding space
of only 8.7 inches and covering a distance of 62 feet-setting
the world record for the Longest
Backwards Limbo Skating Under Bars. The
event was held on a newly-laid 100-foot track at the Darga
Chowk. Among those present on the occasion to congratulate
Abhishek was Lok Sabha member Ramesh V. Katti.
Though celebrating his achievement, Abhishek
responded with an unpretentious and humble smile. He said
he would continue to work hard to set new records.
Winner of “Bal Pratibha Puraskar 2009” of
Karnataka Government, this young skater has many feats to
Abhishek Navale has skated 540 km
from Bangalore to Belgaum in six days and has participated
in several skating rallies aimed at spreading awareness on
social issues ranging form AIDS to blood donation.
His parents are now busy trying to find
sponsors so that he can study and continue to train in skating.
“In fact we have just submitted an application to the Chief
Minister,” says Sanjay Navale, his father who works
as a bus conductor with the North West Karnataka Road Transport
Abhishek is so shy that his parents do all the
talking. But ask him to show you what he can do with the skates,
and you see a complete transformation in his personality.
He skates with confidence and pulls off some
amazing tricks too. “He can skate with his body almost touching
the ground,” says his proud father, as Abhishek demonstrates.
“I am not scared of the traffic,” says the boy, as he waits
for a bus to pass and then shows off another stunt.
“He’s been practising for the last two years.
His trip from Bangalore to Belgaum was sponsored by KSRTC.
He practises for two-and-a-half hours every day under his
coach Suryakant Hindalgekar,” says Mr. Navale.
“We also want him to complete his
education. He is passionate about skating. He spends most
of his time imitating the stunts Hrithik Roshan performs in
films,” says Mr. Navale.