On Twitter, photos of a young girls’ ice hockey match in Hunza’s Altit are circulating, and one thing that has piqued people’s interest is that the event was refereed by Wendy Gilmour, the Canadian High Commissioner in Islamabad.
The photos have prompted acclaim for the Canadian diplomat, who has promoted winter sports in Pakistan and championed female athletes.
On Twitter, the Pamir Times, a community news outlet for Gilgit and the surrounding mountain areas, released photos of the ice hockey match, mentioning the high commissioner as the match’s referee.
It was quickly re-shared by Gilmour, who described it as “a great match.” She praised the fourth Winterlude festival, which was organised by Altit’s Sports Club and Rising Federation.
“My colleagues and I had a blast!” she exclaimed to the young footballers from Hunza and Chitral.
The photographs were enthusiastically received by Pakistani Twitter users, who showered admiration and well-wishes on the tweet. The introduction of winter sports in Pakistan piqued people’s interest.