There is something special about Rea Achaiah. This youngster always believes in doing the best. Be it academics or sports, she loves to stay affront. When you talk to her, the first thing that strikes you is her confidence. If she is performing well as a skater nationally and internationally, it is not without any reason.
Behind every successful sportsperson, there is a piece of history. It is no different in the case of Rea. The youngster started roller skating at an early age of 4. Within a year she started attending various competitions and won medals too. So far, she has won 79 gold, 10 silver and 4 bronze medals and she has been crowned individual champion 20 times at district level, state level and national level competitions. She was crowned fastest female skater in karnataka in 2014.
She qualified for the 1st national championship at the age of 8 and won a bronze medal for karnataka. Till now she has participated in 6 nationals & won 10 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.
Along with roller skating, she also does ice speed skating. She participated in the national ice skating championship 2013-14 at Simla and won 3 gold medals & again won 2 gold medals in the national ice skating championship 2015-16 held at Ggulmarg, Kashmir.
She has received various awards like Balashree award, Prathibha Puraskar award. She has also received cash awards from the state government for her achievements. Rea says she owes it all to her parents K N Achaiah and Priya Achaiah who give her all the support in pursuit of success.
She is an all-rounder sport person. Rea won the individual championship in her school sports meet. She also plays throwball and basketball for her school team. She manages her studies and sport well.
She was also one of the 3 skaters who had been selected and invited by the Korean government to represent India in ice skating to attend a ‘dream program 2015’ (nurturing young athletes for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2018) which was held at Seoul, South Korea during February 2015.
Rea has been selected to represent India in the 17th Asian roller speed skating championship to be held at China from October 23 to November 1. She will be leaving for china on Monday.
Rea has been training and coaching under the guidance of Srikanta Rao, who himself was a international skater, Indian team coach and an Ekalavya awardee. Rea is a student of St Joseph’s Central School, Vijayanagar, studying in class 10.
Why did you choose skating?
Initially, I wanted to join for some sport. As the skating rink was near my house, I joined there and later I developed passion towards skating.
Can we call skating a sport?
Definetely, because firstly your whole body gets exercised and there are lots of competitions going on and I do ice skating which is a Olympic sport.
Is skating growing?
Yes it’s growing in a big way.
Given a chance, which other sport you would have chosen?
What is the kind of support you get from your parents?
My parents support me in every possible way and today whatever I have achieved is because of their support.
Your favourite sportsman/sportsman.
What is favourite pass time?
Listening to music.
Do you find enough time for sports and academics?
Yes. I manage time for both sports and academics and I am good at studies also.
-By R MURALI