The finals of the Group B, Grade A of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Women's U18 Championships reached its conclusion in Katowice, Poland on January 12.
Finally, the Chinese team triumphed over their counterpart from Australia with a 2-1 win, after having already beat Great Britain 4-1. At the conclusion, the Chinese national anthem The March of the Volunteers was played in the stadium for a second time.
Many noted that the players of the Chinese team showcased their potential in the sport of women’s ice hockey. In particular, Liao Zifei, the 17-year-old forward from Beijing, has been touted as a future star.
“Deer” is Liao’s English name, which is a perfect fit for her, given how fast she moves.
As the team coach Qi Xueting has said, speed is vital for Chinese players when confronting their often-bigger European opponents.
Ice hockey becomes popular in Beijing
In recent years, ice hockey has become popular among Beijingers. Though still in the minority, more and more girls are participating.
Statistics show that there are currently 36 clubs and 3,583 players registered in Beijing, including 169 women players.
After Beijing’s successful bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, the country established its women’s youth ice hockey team, in which most of the girls are between the ages of seven and 14.
Measures to forge ice hockey a city name card
“We will vigorously seek and cultivate talents in ice hockey, improve the capacity of the teams and provide more excellent players,” said Yan Naxin, director of the Beijing Municipality Winter Sports Administration Center.
The municipal government has enacted directives to foster such goals. They are set to select and recruit players nationwide, hire experienced international coaches and send players overseas for regular training.
(Source: sports.qianlong.com/Translated and edited by Women of China)