After a long day at work, chasing kids around the house and studying for exams, 22 Kuwaiti women show up for practice every day at the ice skating rink. These women form Kuwait’s national ice hockey team that is going to represent the country at the 2019 Asian championships for the first time. Coached by former captain Meshal Al-Ajmi, these women are prepping for the biggest tournament of their lives, which will secure them a place on the international stage.
Defense player Walah Al-Najjer felt a growing passion for ice hockey after her uncle introduced her to the sport five years ago. The team has been receiving intensive training to remain in form, led by captain Rawan Al-Bahouh. The team’s manager Laila Al-Khabaz hopes that after bagging third place at the Abu Dhabi tournament, these girls will make Kuwait proud at the Asian championships as well.
The Kuwait Ice Hockey Federation acquired full membership of the International Ice Hockey Federation this year and will be able to vote in the elections of the governing body and the selection of countries that bid to host world championships.
Photos by Yasser Al-Zayyat
By Ramona Crasto