Abbotsford’s Manveer Jhamat is hoping to represent Canada on the international stage in the sport of field hockey and has launched a GoFundMe. (Instagram)

Abbotsford’s Manveer Jhamat is hoping to represent Canada on the international stage in the sport of field hockey and has launched a GoFundMe. (Instagram)

Abbotsford’s Manveer Jhamat hoping to represent Canada at World Cup

Field hockey player launches GoFundMe to aid with travel costs for event later this month

Another young Abbotsford field hockey player is planning to represent Canada on the international stage and hoping generous community members can help make that dream come true.

The News reported on a fundraiser for Jyoth Sidhu yesterday, and his teammate Manveer Jhamat is also scheduled to join the Team Canada junior national field hockey team at the 2021 Junior World Cup in India later this month.

Jhamat, a 2019 W.J. Mouat grad, was a part of the Canadian team that finished fourth at the Junior Pan American Championships earlier this year. He has also created a GoFundMe to to aid in his journey to the World Cup.

“This opportunity is the pinnacle of my career as an athlete and I am beyond grateful to have the chance to represent my country, community, and family on the largest international stage for field hockey,” he states on the page. “Being a high-performance, international athlete went from a vision to who I am today as a person. Along with a significant commitment of time and effort on a daily basis, major costs also come associated. The Canadian junior national program is largely self-funded, which means I have to make a major financial commitment in order to participate. With other financial demands such as my education in university, this commitment can be especially challenging. The financial burdens are hefty for my family and I so I sincerely request that you consider supporting me in this dream of mine.”

Jhamat said it’s been a goal since he was a child to represent the red and white, and he and Sidhu have played together since a young age for Burnaby Lakers field hockey and Gobind Sarva. The pair are childhood friends and longtime teammates.

The GoFundMe has a goal of $7,700 and it has currently raised $1,695. The fundraising webpage can be found at gofundme.com/f/road-to-the-junior-world-cup.

The Junior World Cup runs from Nov. 24 to Dec. 5 in Bhubaneswar, India.

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