CHENNAI: Aswin, the first international medal winner in Roller Skating from Tamilnadu, will be competing in the World Artistic Roller Skating Championship to be held on November 6 to 9, 2013 at Taiapi, Taiwan.
Aswin started skating in 2008 and won many medals and Individual Championships at District, State & National Levels. He won his maiden National Silver medal at the 2009 Nationals held at Vishakapatnam. The height of this winning spree was 2 Silver Medals at the 15th Asian Roller Skating Championship held at Hefei City, China in October 2012. Aswin’s medal tally in skating so far is 32 gold, 20 silver, 6 bronzes and 7 Individual Championships in the last 5 years.
Aswin Abraham Zachariah aged 15 years is the son of Abraham Zachariah and Dr Annu Abraham and is a member of the St Peters and St Paul’s Church, Koyembedu, Chennai. He is a student of 11th Standard in SBOA School and Junior College Chennai. He has a sister who is an engineer and a classical dancer.
Mr Aaron Saldhana, a former international skater is Aswin’s coach.
“The rigorous practices involved in skating did not hinder his academic achievements. He passed his 10th standard CBSC exams with A1 grades in all subjects thiyear. In the spiritual side also he has been a child of God and makes sure he does not miss his morning and evening prayers, said his parents.
The MGOCSM of Malankara Orthodox Church honored him at the meeting conducted at Parumala in 2011. The Supreme head of the Church HH Catholicos has honored him with a kalpana on his achievement at national level in 2012. The Metropolitan of Madras, Mar Diascoros felicitated him with a kalpana on his international victory., The parish vicars Fr. Gigi, Fr. Aji and Fr. C.A. Isaac, the Sabha Managing Committee Member, give him constant encouragement through their prayers.