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Shahabad’s Sikh Girl Leads Indian Sticks To Glory


Apr 3, 2005
Shahabad’s Sikh girl leads Indian sticks to glory


SHAHBAD: The Sikh captain of the Indian Hockey team, ace striker Surinder Kaur, is blazing a path of glory. After the dismal performance of the Indian men’s hockey team in the Asia Cup, followed by the juniors coming in ninth in the recent World Cup, Surinder kaur’s leadership brought cheer back to the Indian hockey fraternity last Saturday when the girls won the Champions Challenge II tournament in Kazan, Russia.

The team got the better of Belgium 6-3 in the final. Hailing from Shahbad Markanda, a small town on the Chandigarh-Delhi highway, Surinder is in great company of four other girls from the same town. Surinder, 27, not only scripted the victory for
India, but was also adjudged Player of the Tournament. She had taken charge of the national team last year. Surinder Kaur’s story is a story of struggle, grit and hardwork. Becoming stars of the Kazan victory was certainly not a smooth ride.

Surinder’s father once worked as a daily-wager on others’ farms and even buying a quality hockey stick was a challenge. Her success in the game has, however, changed the fortunes of the family. Today, her father farms his own land. There’s a new house too, besides a tidy sum in the bank. The Sikh community hails the spirit of the talented girl.

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