Rohan Kokane from Belgaum is one of the youngest new record-breakers to make it into the new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS book 2014. The year-7 student at St Xavier’s High School is recognised for being the Lowest Limbo Skater, achieving a roller-skating height of just 25 cm over a distance of 10 m.
Rohan began roller-skating at the age of 8, harnessing his extreme flexibility early on to specialise in limbo-skating. This skill involves roller-skating under a bar set at a height of just 25 cm, which is shorter than the height of the actual GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS book! Since then, his extraordinary talents have made him local celebrity and seen him perform on TV shows around the world. A member of the Belgaum Roller Skating Academy, he has participated in various skating rallies organised to create awareness of social, educational and health issues.
Rohan’s father Ajit Kokane, owner of an electronics spare-parts shop in the city, and mother Anupama Kokane, say they are “very proud” of their son’s achievement. Importantly, according to his father, Rohan has never neglected his schoolwork, achieving top marks in his year-6 exams.
Rohan, the only member of his family who roller-skates, says that he was inspired to learn after witnessing others perform. He says that he has never been injured, but encourages anyone interested in the activity to seek professional training. He says that his inclusion in the new Guinness World Records book “will bring great prestige my country.”
Rohan has been helped and guided by many associations and persons and now we believe it is the time that even the government recognizes the lad’s talent.