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MEXICO: The first & only women’s national ice hockey team

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Diego de la Garma, 37, the head coach of the Selección femenil de México de hockey sobre hielo, talks to the substitutes during a match at the Ice World Santa Fe ice rink in Mexico City, Mexico on November 24, 2018. The team played against the Osos in the “Midget” Hockey League, they lost 5-0. Diego is the head coach of both the men and women’s national ice hockey teams in Mexico. He is the son of the founder of the Mexico Ice Hockey Federation and started to play ice hockey at age 12. “This is our way of leaving a mark on Mexican society, to generate a deep change in this country,” he says. Founded in 2012, the Selección femenil de México de hockey sobre hielo is the first and only women’s national ice hockey team in Mexico, a country where ice rinks are expensive and rare. In the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship Division II in Iceland, the team defied expectations; They won Group B, securing their promotion to Group A, and became the only Mexican ice hockey team to have achieved such a feat. This year, they are competing in the 2019 IIHF Women's World Championship Division II in Scotland. Having become the first Mexican team to advance to the second round of the Winter Olympics qualifiers in 2016, the now self-financed team are training for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, hoping to be the first Latin American team to compete in ice hockey. (Photo by Bénédicte Desrus)