The 16-year-old boy aspires to represent India at the Olympics in the category of Skating or Ice-Skating and has also bagged the Bal Shakti Puraskar award from the President Ram Nath Kovind.
It all started when Priyam Rated was 3 years old. As a child, he would see his sister who is also an International skater skate, flip, balance, and that’s when he knew this was something he wanted to learn. What started out as a hobby, in the beginning, turned out to be a passion later with time.
“I never skated for medals but then things fell in place and I kept bagging medals,” says Priyam. The city boy has already too many feathers to his cap by bagging 28 medals in freestyle ice-skating and freestyle roller skating but it’s an endless journey for him as his priority is to improve his game. Also, he participated even at the First Winter Children of Asia Games which was conducted at Sakhalin, Russia, exactly a year back.
This journey wouldn’t have been possible without the support of his parents, school, and present intermediate college. Be it any hour of day morning at 5 am or evening at 6:30, parents would drop and pick him up. Even schools and colleges have been quite supportive of all his endeavors.
Even though he bagged several national and international awards, there were no bounds for his joy when he bagged the Pradhanmantri Rashtra Puraskar in 2019 for the skating category. “In my 13 years of skating, when I was honored to visit Rashtrapathi Bhavan and take the award from the President Ram Nath Kovind. My heart filled with joy and pride and that was a moment to cherish for a lifetime. And interacting with our Prime minister Narendra Modi was a different feeling altogether as he told never forget two people, Mother, and Coach, and always remain grounded.
Currently, he is pursuing MPC from Sri Vishwa junior college and wants to take up engineering further but what will remain a priority is sports. He has been quite a balancer since childhood getting good grades as well as excelling in his game. “I want to keep pursuing my education as it will give me a perspective and it is quite important to be aware,” he said.
Though he wants to flip and jump in the air at the ice rink it is not possible as there is no ice rink in Vizag. Also, his target is to participate in the Olympics and bring laurels for his country.