(Exercise Physiologist, Kimberley Lo (2nd from the left), and Melbourne Ice teammates)
Ice Hockey certainly isn’t a mainstream sport in Australia, but for one of Monash Health’s own Exercise Physiologists, it’s a passion and a sport that’s led her to achievements she would never have imagined.
Kim Lo started playing ice hockey 7 years ago after thinking that it looked like just a bit of fun. Little did she know that years later she would be part of a dynasty Melbourne Ice Women’s team bringing home the Joan McKowen Memorial Trophy for the seventh time in nine years.
The Joan McKowen Memorial Trophy is the Championship Trophy awarded to the winner of the Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League (AWIHL) annually, a national competition comprised of Australia’s top female hockey players, many of whom represent Australia at international events. It is a coveted prize fought for tirelessly throughout the summer months of the year, and with it being an amateur sport funded entirely out of their own pockets, fuelled by their passion for the game.
The Melbourne Ice Women’s team aren’t only a powerhouse within their own sport but have also recently been recognised at the Victorian Sports Awards as the Victorian Sports Team of the Year over other highly formidable candidates the Matildas, Melbourne United and the AFLW Western Bulldogs.
If you see Kim around on the wards at Dandenong Hospital, be sure to congratulate her and know that you’re in the presence of greatness.