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AMBASSADOR SPOTLIGHT: Grace Ralphs | Nottingham, England



Tell us about yourself!

My name is Grace Ralphs, I am 16 and I am from Nottingham. I got into ice hockey through watching the Nottingham Panthers which inspired me to start playing. I started when I was 12 in U13’s in Nottingham and then slowly after I joined the U16’s Nottingham Vipers. I then went into playing with the Manchester U16’s girls because there was no longer a U16’s girls team in my area.

I now play for the U18’s and Nottingham Vipers, as well as the Kingston Diamonds Elite team. Over the years I have gained more confidence and I am learning so much from the players and coaches around me.
I am also a foundation coach for U10’s which has allowed me to inspire young hockey players and to be a female role model for the young girls who may not have met a female coach before.

What made you want to be a WHL Brand Ambassador?

I want to become a WHL ambassador because I want to change the attitudes of women in sport. I want to be a role model for hockey players and show them that if they work hard, they will achieve their dream.

What are you most looking forward to as a #WHLAMBASSADOR?

I am looking forward to spreading more awareness of women in ice hockey.

What’s something not a lot of people know about you?

I am a second degree black belt in karate.

If you could sit down and have dinner with one female hockey player, who would it be and why?

I have two female hockey players who I would sit down with since I can’t pick one.

Firstly, I would have dinner with Kendall Coyne, I feel like she is a massive role model for women in sport and she shows women that if you have a dream, no matter your gender if you work hard you can reach it.
Secondly, I would also want to sit down with Sarah Hutchinson who plays in women’s GB since she inspired me to start coaching, she was the first and only female coach to run a match I had taken part in.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given in hockey or in life?

The best advice I have been given is “ You won’t win until you fail, so you practice until you get it right “

What’s your dream for women’s hockey?

My dream for women’s hockey is for more young girls to get involved and for more exposure of women’s ice hockey because we still have far to go. Personally, I feel coaching has become an important part of my life and I’m the future would love to run a U16’s women’s team and inspire young girls to conquer their challenges.





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