Meet Kamila Linhartova!
Tell us about yourself!
Hey, my name is Kamila and I’m from a small European country — Czech Republic. I’m pretty sure all of you know some famous Czech male hockey players such as Jaromír Jágr, Petr Nedvěd, or David Pastrňák, but there are amazing women’s hockey players as well, for example Tereza Vanisova.
Currently I’m studying physiotherapy at the faculty of physical education and sport in Prague. One day I would love to connect hockey training with all the knowledge I will recieve while studying the human body and its functions while moving. Maybe one day I can be a physiotherapist for some professional hockey team, who knows.
I started with ice hockey when I was 14. I was looking for the right sport for me that has some challenges and I found out about a women’s hockey team in my hometown, Pardubice, so I tried to join and I fell deeply in love with this sport. Of course I was horrible, and maybe I still am, but each season I feel better and more confident on the ice and off as well.
I’ve always loved hockey, but it took one really bad experience to realize how much this sport really means to me. I had this hard time, when I was fighting with depression and lack of self-esteem. One day my sister decided to take me to a male exhibition match. All the way to the city I was silent, not feeling good, having all these dark thoughts and then we got on the stadium: I smelled the ice and suddenly I was smiling and soon I started laughing. It was magical and I understood that hockey is something I was meant to do. Since then, every time I don’t feel mentally well, I always find my way to the nearest rink.
What made you want to be a WHL Brand Ambassador?
I love the whole idea of the Women’s Hockey Life brand. I would like to fight the presumption about women’s hockey and women playing hockey. Also I love how friendly and caring people are participating with this brand and I believe that, together as a community, we can achieve some minor things, that will create big ones.
What are you most looking forward to as a #WHLAMBASSADOR?
Honestly, I’m looking forward to the feeling that I’m part of something, that makes sense and also to make some new (probably international) friendships. I’m a team player, I feel best working as a team and that’s why I can’t wait to participate.
What’s something not a lot of people know about you?
Not a lot of people know that even though I look tough, love sports, play hockey, and study physical therapy I also love poetry. I love reading it and I love writing it. It’s my dream to publish my work some day, but almost no one knows that about me.
If you could sit down and have dinner with one female hockey player, who would it be and why?
I do not know who it was, but I would like to have a dinner with the first girl ever who thought that she could be at least as good at hockey as boys are.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given in hockey or in life?
Probably not to worry too much about the future and seize the day. It is quite a cliché, but it really helps me overcome some of the not so great days.
What’s your dream for women’s hockey?
I don’t really have a specific dream for women’s hockey. I just wish for all girls playing hockey to enjoy the game and to be healthy and happy.