(CBS) — Thousands of women in the U.S. are now involved in the game of hockey. Fourteen-year-old Julia Sinople is one of them.
CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield says she’s someone you should know.READ MORE: After Devastating Fire, Mother Is On A Mission To Make Christmas Special For Her Son
She has been on the ice as a hockey player for the past 11 years. As she works out at the Glenview Ice Center with her brother Zak, she realizes times are changing.
“It was made by males, but women over the years have really taken it over,” Julia says.READ MORE: 1 Person Killed, 2 Critically Injured In Crash Outside Midlothian Driver's Service Facility
She’s in the vanguard of that movement. Only Canada has more women hockey players than the U.S. In this country, some 61,000 women are involved in the sport.
“She’s very, very motivated,” hockey director Sylvain says. “She has a love for that game. You can see it in her eyes when she skates. She’s always smiling.”
Julia admits that reaching her level as a hockey player has not been easy, with the long hours working out and sometimes the pain.MORE NEWS: Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields Says His A Little Sore, But Very Ready For Sunday's Game Against Greenbay
“I feel proud of myself. I feel i have accomplished a lot,” she says.