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Lalremsiami, Indian Women’s Hockey Team’s Striker, Has Been Named 2019 FIH Women’s Rising Star of Year. Hers Is A Story Of Grit And Determination

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Guys, what an interesting day – AAP has won in Delhi, we have not spotted a crime story, and this news just came in. We’d have to say, this is a good, good day. From claiming top management level positions to literally scaling new heights (read our story about Kaamya Karthikeyan), women have worked their way to the top of the ladder, and another one such woman who has recently done all of us proud is the Indian hockey forward, Lalremsiami, who has been chosen as the 2019 FIH Women’s Rising Star of the Year by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

Just 19 years old, and already making a name for herself in the game and in the world, with her talent that just can’t be missed, the Indian forward attacker, was presented with the prestigious title, ahead of players like Julieta Jankunas and Frederique Matla from Argentina and Netherlands respectively.

Hailing from the city of Mizoram, Lalremsiami came into the limelight in 2018, during the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup and hasn’t looked back ever since. Often being the top scorer in any match, and upping her game with every match, Lalremsiami  her talent and the appreciation she has been receiving for it is proof of her prowess.

“Hockey is not very famous in my village; very few people played the sport. However, I was always interested in playing hockey so I had to move to Thenzawl, which was very far from my village so I had to move into their hostel in my early teenage years,” said Lalremsiami when she was asked about her childhood. She had left her home to go attend the training for hockey, 150 kms away from home.

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Hers is a story of grit and determination. Helping India secure a position in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and coursing her way by hitting in the goals in important matches, she hasn’t just made India proud, but also inspired so many women out there to pursue their ambition and passion.

Having played up against teams like that of Spain and Korea among many others, Lalremsiami has always given her best, even in the most extreme pressure and situations of grief. In fact during the time of FIH Series Finals in Hiroshima, Lalremsiami had lost her father, but she went on to play, and despite the personal setback, secured the top position and set up a double header against USA. Upon being asked about how she managed to play through the tragedy, she said, “I wanted to make my father proud. I wanted to stay, play and make sure India qualified.”

And if this isn’t the kind of commitment that makes a star, we don’t know that is. You go Lalremsiami!

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Mansi Shah is the resident humour writer and random conversation starter. Tends to laugh manically at puns. Deeply enjoys the blunt force of sarcasm. Preys on chauvinists and people with incorrect grammar. Hoards makeup and beauty products. Attacks Nutella with vigour.

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