Throwback Thursday

When we first set out to form a second team, our main goal was to give more girls an opportunity to play. Little did we know that we were opening the doors to something greater than that.

Today, #KBFFOrcas is a stellar squad made up of passionate ladies who teach us the meaning of hard work and perseverance. A team strengthened by the vigour of our junior players and the poise of the seniors.

As they gear up for their third season in Division 3, we would like to thank Coach Sonia Teo without whom, this progress would not have been possible.

The league fixtures for Division 3 are now available at the Singapore Floorball Association website .

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IFF GOGIRLS! Part 2

Part 2: All interviews were done separately but more than mere coincidence, their answers raised similar experiences.

Rachel, 19

1. What makes you feel proud to be a woman?

Women have aced multitasking – dealing with family & children as well as juggling work life. Freedom too because women now are allowed to speak about their opinions and play a crucial role in society unlike long ago where women were seen as “housewives” and “slaves to their husbands”.

2. Are there any challenges you face, just because you’re female?

Women can be physically stronger and withstand pain better than men like during childbirth. However, it is just nature that men are more physically powerful than women. Being a woman, for example, travelling alone is possible, of course, but women have to weigh the consequences. Men rarely do.

Dharnia

What makes you proud to be a woman?

I think, as a woman, we tend to be more emotional and sensitive. As such we break down easily. However, despite it, we have better control over our emotions. We are able to channel our emotions into positive things better.

The idea of being versatile makes me proud to be a woman. Generally women are better at multitasking many roles. For example, a student, a daughter, a mother and a colleague. Each role has a purpose attached to it and woman are better at executing each role. This makes us women powerful!

The ability to break away from stereotypes and notions which has the ability to put us down makes us strong. We do not allow any kind of oppression determine our future. We are willing to stand and fight for what we believe in and help others to achieve their goals.

Are there any challenges you face, just because you’re a female?

The notion of beauty is one issue that never fails to make its appearance. Women being compared to another on their feminine characteristics and physique. For example, the idea that all women should look like Gal Gadot. This tends to affect the confidence of women because it causes self-doubt and lowers their self-esteem. Instead of pitting women against each other, we should learn how to compliment one another.

The idea that women should be home by a certain time and cannot travel is another issue that I still face as a woman. Due to the increase in threat to women’s safety, it is hard to convince parents to allow you to stay out. Although we are capable of taking care of ourselves, parents will always harbour that fear.

In a largely patriarchal society where men are pretty much the main character, it is very hard to climb the ladder and be equals to men no matter what we do.

Nurul, 25

1. What makes you feel proud to be a woman?

Many reasons why I’m proud to be a woman- we are able to multi task, are emotionally stronger, compassionate and we are able to have babies! šŸ˜.

2. Are there any challenges you face, just because you’re a female?

Having to compete with other women and pay more for things like clothes, cosmetics, cannot travel alone and having to look appealing all the time. Life may be such but being a women is wonderful.

Marissa, 27

Well, there are many reasons why I am so grateful and proud to be a woman. There are so many beautiful and powerful female figures today doing amazing things and changing the world! They make me feel like women do really run the world and keep me inspired. We are generally passionate and emotional beings so being in a team full of women, there are a lot of heart to heart talks. So we are really a closely-knit and organised team. Plus, we have an infinite amount of fashion choices! (Hehe)

I do admit that sometimes as a professional woman, I do face some challenges in my daily life because of my gender. However, I understand that this is often due to societal’s expectation of how women should be like. Thankfully, this problem is not as pronounced here in Singapore and so far, I have plenty of opportunities and freedom to do the things that I love (like floorball!).

[Marissa & Nurul are wearing teal jerseys by KBFFxDribble]

Our Take post IFF’s GOGIRLS! Floorball Project

“There are 1.1 billion girls in the world, and every one of them deserves equal opportunities for a better future. They are a source of energy, power and creativity. They can drive change and help build a better future for all. Yet, most girls face disadvantage and discrimination on a daily basis, and those living through crises are suffering even more.” – UN’s #DayoftheGirl every 11 October

In October as well, the International Floorball Federation also touched on how to get more girls to play floorball.

From their website, “The IFF aims to provide guidance on the different challenges faced by girls in obtaining access to participation in sport, and to help break down those barriers within the international Floorball family.”

Singapore floorball is the best in Southeast Asia. Surely one cannot point to discrimination in and out of the floorball court here!

However, sometimes, the discrimination lies in the little things.

For instance, are we allowed the same level of physicality as men when we play? Or is one push too many?

Do our girls have the choice to wear skirts instead of shorts for floorball? Or is that discrimination?

Will there one day be goalie equipment suitable for women?

A long way to go.

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1v1 time!

We asked the youngest player to have joined KBFF years ago, Yun Xuan, what makes her feel proud to be a woman and what challenges she faced because of it.

In her words:

I am proud to be a woman because i get to change other people’s perspectives on what it means to be a woman.

Growing up with a mother that had a traditional mindset, it was not easy being the only daughter. When i was younger, my mother used to make me wear preppy dresses along with outrageous hair styles whenever we went out (I was basically a human doll for her). I hated the clothes she bought so much that i hid them away and refused to tell my mother where they all were. Needless to say my mother and I had countless arguments over our differences in fashion styles.

My two older brothers were my role models; I wanted to be just like them. We would challenge each other to wrestling fights, sprints and many other activities that was deemed too “violent” for a girl, according to my mother.

Even though I did not fit into the cookie cutter version of what my mother had initially envisioned, she has learned to be more accepting of me over the years. Nowadays, she does not mind me playing floorball all the time, going for trainings etc (of which she used to nag at me all the time for).

Thus, i am proud to be a woman who does not conform to gender stereotypes, because I get to break these stereotypes and change the people around me, instead of changing myself to suit the needs of other people.

Well said, yx!

To be continued.

[Yun Xuan’s jersey by KBFFxDribble]