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Together, let's make Indian women's #IceHockeyPossible
INDIAN WOMEN ICE HOCKEY TEAM. Yes. India has an all women's ice hockey team. We may not be aware that Ice Hockey is played in India as this sport might not be a subject of many dinner table conversations. But, in a corner located in the Himalayan mountain range, there are a group of girls devoted to the 'other' hockey played on ice.
Skating on a frozen pond in Gupuks, Leh, in the middle of Himalayas, and the mountain range glowing behind, you will find an all women team who found their passion in this unconventional sport. These women have proved they love this sport too much to give up. For them, ice hockey is what gully cricket is for the rest of the country.
Earlier they used to play for the love of the game with no rewards to show but now there is something more.
Last year, the team went on to participate for the first time in an international competition in Chinese Taipei. Even though they returned from the 2016 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia without a win, there were many positives. This relatively young Indian team came close to beating Malaysia in the group stages, and Noor Jahan was even awarded the tournament’s Best Goaltender Award after saving 193 shots from a possible 229.
But, this achievement has not been easy. Without funds, a proper rink, or training equipment, they have battled many hardships.
Last year, the girls prepared an ice rink on their own. They would fill buckets, and the frozen pool from 8 PM to 3 AM in groups of four. Even a small amount of water that splashed on their clothes would freeze. While even thinking of being out at this time in the Himalayas would normally give us the chills, these girls were determined not to let any obstacles thaw their grit and ambitions.
Another problem has been the lack of funding, which has affected their growth. To receive funding from the government, the sport needs 75% affiliate member states, which is difficult at the moment. There is an artificial rink in Dehradun, but with no caretaker or money to maintain it, it lies neglected.
Amidst all these challenges, what the girls have is the determination to succeed. An example being Stanzin Chotso, who is the youngest player on the team. Last year when the team went to Chinese Taipei, she was supposed to appear for her board exams. But the 17-year-old decided to skip her Class 10 exams and join the team in what was their first international competition! In a country which weighs its educational aspirations before other things, Chotso's decision to forego her board exams only shows the importance that this sport holds in her heart and the belief that she has in it.Semzes Dolma will appear for her 12 standard board exams next year, but that has not lessened her passion towards the game.
With their future at stake, the Ice Hockey Association of India has been trying to build an ice hockey culture amongst the next generation. More importantly, to get recognition to build the winter sports future in our country, to create more sporting opportunities for women, break stereotypes and to build more platforms for unconventional sports. Apart from Ice Hockey, the team's best players Rinchen Dolma, Kunzes Angmo, Disket Angmo also excel in speed skating at national and international levels.
While for many of us it only remained a dream to follow our passions, here we have a bunch of women who are fighting against all odds to uphold an unconventional sport. Today, they represent every sports person who couldn't make it big, every dream that couldn't be fulfilled, every aspiration that didn't get wings, and every passion that couldn't be funded.
Here is your chance to make the difference that you always wanted to; to contribute in your small way to a country's progress in the field of ice hockey; to give a chance to the talent that deserves every opportunity to be showcased and every recognition that they deserve. Their victory will be our victory and in their pride will lie our happiness.
We, therefore, request you to contribute generously in whatever way you can to uplift this team which is short of funds at this moment. The money generated through this crowd funding will be used for providing the Indian National Ice Hockey team with training, accommodation, air fare, visa, insurance, team jerseys, and equipment.
Sponsor the players, be their hero. Make their dream your dream. Believe in their passion. We need your support to reach the goal.
Together, let’s make #IceHockeyPossible.
How will the funds be utilized:
A big thank you to all those who came forward and helped us reach 50% of our target. We are currently standing at 17 lacs and need your help to uplift the morale of the team which is short of funds at this moment. We're grateful to all of you and expect you to spread the word, so that we can achieve our goal at the earliest.
Let's give an impetus to this unrecognised sport and these women an opportunity to make us proud in the Challenge Cup of Asia. #IceHockeyPossible.
Thanks to all 1000+ supporters for coming forward and helping us raise 40% of our total target. We have already raised close to 13 lacs but there is a long way to go. So keep on pouring your well-wishes and share this campaign, so that the team can go to participate at the Challenge Cup of Asia and make our country proud.