Sporting Equals Ambassador Ashpal Bhogal making sporting history in hockey
Sporting Equals Ambassador Asphal Bhogal's Super 6s Wembley Win
Sporting Equals ambassador Ashpal Bhogal is breaking down barriers a one of the few Asian females playing at a competitive level. Hockey is a sport which is often overlooked within the Asian community, but Asphal defied the odds through sheer determination and hard work and is now a recognised athlete in a underrepresented sport.
Ashpal plays for Slough Ladies Hockey club, whilst also being part of England's junior team. Slough recently captured their 14th Super 6's Indoor title, winning 2-0 against Canterbury in the final. The team were made to work hard against the Kent side, with Ashpal preventing any further goals by clearing the ball off the back line after a penalty corner was awarded to Canterbruy. Canterbury did not manage to fight back, and Slough were awarded the victory.
Ashpal, aged only 22, now strives to swap her position as torch bearer to a team member during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
“Expressing the feeling behind winning would entail unveiling all the obstacles, challenges and successes we had on the journey up to this title”.
“It's been a phenomenal team effort and everyone played their part and did their job which is why one of the best parts of winning was being part of Slough Ladies hockey team, a team where we stick together, fight and strive to be the best as one unit”.
“…winning the national indoor title may only be a once in a lifetime experience and we brought home the trophy through hard work, grit, commitment and determination”.
Ashpal has recently taken a break from hockey, but has returned to the sport and is more eager than ever. Still so young, Ashpal is an international talent who descends from the BAME community. She acts as an inspiration to the rising talent of today, who should not allow their ethnicity to act as a hindrance to partake in an activity they enjoy. Ashpal competes to the highest of standards at club and national level, and acts as a pathway to encourage BAME communities to be more involved in sport and physical activity.
With this years launch of the national campaign 'This Girl Can', the success of Ashpal and the ladies hockey team come at a time where females in sport and physical activity are championed and celebrated.
Ashpal has shown that even after injuries and time away from the game, coming back and giving sport another go can be just as enjoyable as the first time! We would like to hear from you to share stories and experiences of sport whether your trying a new acitivty for the first time or you are helping more girls and women keep active. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
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