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Claudia Gisele Téllez Balcázar (R), 34, one of the forwards and the capitain of the Selección femenil de México de hockey sobre hielo, portrayed during a training session over the course of a 3-day intensive training week-end at the Winter Sports Center Metepec in Metepec, State of Mexico, Mexico on March 9, 2019. Claudia is from Guadalajara, Jalisco, in central Mexico and lives in the residences for athletes catered by the Comisión Nacional de Cultura Física y Deporte (Mexico’s Sports Ministry) in the south of Mexico City. She started playing in-line hockey with a men’s team in Guadalajara at age 17 and qualified for the women’s national team at age 18. She started ice hockey in her hometown at age 26 and she coaches three junior teams at the San Jerónimo ice rink in Mexico City. The 2019 IIHF Women's World Championship Division II in Scotland will mark her second World Championship as captain, having been captain in Slovenia in 2018 as well. "I was a commentator of the Winter Olympics for Claro Sport [a television channel in Mexico] and I learnt a lot about women ice hockey players. I discovered that there was a player from Finland, she was either captain or assistant, she was 44 years old, and I thought 'I can still do it' but the issue is how you prepare, how you look after yourself, when you rest," she 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-finance