Written by Andrea Griego (Student Support Coordinator)
“I love ice hockey!” were the words that came from Y4 student Lucas Lian, not once but four times, during our interview. This is Lucas’s second school year at YCIS and aside from enjoying his classes and friends here, he also enjoys playing ice hockey.
Lucas said he started playing when he was seven years old. He became interested in ice hockey when he saw other children playing and wanted to give it a try. He says that most of his summer was filled with practice and games which he thoroughly enjoyed. He had practice on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with games on either Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Sometimes on the weekend he could even have two games.
Lucas says, “I play defender but I get to shoot.” He said that he has scored many goals and the feeling after scoring a goal is beyond happy. Aside from the physical challenges of ice hockey, Lucas must be a team player and learn how to work with others to be successful. He also states that one of his favourite parts of playing hockey is making new friends. “I’ve made a lot of friends!” exclaimed Lucas. He says that his team is a Chinese team and although there are no students from YCIS Pudong that play on his team or league, he has met students from YCIS Puxi.
Lucas has traveled to small cities in countries like the Czech Republic and Russia to play games against other ice hockey teams within his age range. Lucas wants to continue improving in ice hockey and hopes to play in the future, possibly even travel to more countries to play. And again he states, “I love ice hockey!”