Silchar: Lalremsiami Hmar hailing from Diglangmukh of Cachar is a professional field hockey player who plays as a forward for the Indian national team. At the club level, she plays for Sports Authority of India. She was part of the 18 member squad that represented the country at the 2018 World Cup. She bagged the under 21 award as a rising star player at the Women’s Asian Champions Trophy in Dhongae city South Korea on May 20.
Though born in the family of agriculturists, she had the will and determination to chart out her own destination as a hockey player. There was no going back for her as she with her dogged determination made a place of distinction in the world of sports. In fact, her family was originally from Cachar, but in 2000 they migrated to Mizoram. Her parents Lalthansang Zote and Lalzarmawi took particular care of her and encouraged her in her hunt for a place of recognition in the hockey. She began playing sports at her high school and underwent training in hockey at Thenzawl hockey training centre, Serchip.
She moved to the National Hockey Academy in New Delhi in 2016. Hindi was a foreign language to her and faced difficulty in adjusting in the new environment. She overcame her shortcoming and picked up the language with the help of her teammates who lovingly called her ‘Siami’. Lalremsiami Hmar was included in the under 18 Indian side that played at the Asia Cup in 2016. She was drafted to the senior camp following year. She represented the U-18 side at Asian Youth Olympic Games qualifier. Her side finished second in and Lalremsiami finished the tournament scoring 7 goals in 5 games.
As a player in the senior team, she became pivotal to win gold at the 2018 Asian Cup. She was also included in the side that competed in 2018 Asian Champions Trophy, winning second place. For her stellar performance, she was named the tournament’s U-21 rising star award. Quite significant, Lalremsiami Hmar was included in the 18 member for the 2018 World Cup as India’s youngest player. After strong performances in the league games, she scored her first and only goal of the tournament in the crossover match against Italy. Her goal scoring kick came in for wide applaud.