So many inspiring women are defying the odds and gender norms by excelling in a sphere that is mostly ruled by males.
Recently, a young athletic lass who have break the paradigm by becoming a female futsal manager also marked a historical stamp when she becomes the FIRST INDIAN GIRL to helm a role as a brand ambassador.
The 24-year-old futsal manager, KIRTANA SUBRAMANIAM, has been named as the BRAND AMBASSADOR of FIGOS.
FIGOS is a well known brand producing futsal shoes in Malaysia. Other than futsal shoes, they also make futsal balls and other futsal accessories. The company which began in 2002 is one of the primary brands focusing on futsal.
Kirtana who is now pursuing her bachelor degree in Software Engineering is also the team manager and team coach for the Sai Youth Academy.
The brilliant UNITAR scholar have shared this happy news in her social media with a heartfelt message.
All progress takes place outside the comfort zone – Kirtana Subramaniam
Thanking Figos Sports Wear for this amazing opportunity, she said “Looking forward to trying it out and sharing my experience with you all in the future!”
I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become. – Kirtana shared in the post.
According to The Rakyat Post, Kirtana said she was delighted upon the news and felt nervous because of the responsibilities that she had to carry as a brand ambassador.
Love Blossom at 20
When Kirtana joined the Real Hustlers futsal squad at age 20, she discovered her passion for the sport. She had never experienced futsal before.
One of her coaches initially approached her about forming a women’s futsal squad at the time.
“However, I could not commit as I needed to complete my final year project,” said Kirtana adding that things changed later on when she went on board and became vice president of the Unitar futsal club.
In spite of that, her team’s performance was not good and they weren’t enough players. But, they improved and got better. The team fearlessly competed in the IPT Futsal League against other teams from other universities across Malaysia.
Nothing is easier as it seems
Kirtana faced numerous challenges being a female team manager in the RKS Premier League.
“Being in a male dominated industry like futsal, some usually think what would a female know. So whatever I say, there would be disagreement, saying things like ‘it should be done like this and not like that’. But at the end of the day, what I said would turn out to be the right thing and they admitted it.” Kirtana remarked.
She also faced criticism from the public because she participated in a sport where the majority of the participants were men.
She was able to go through everything negative, nevertheless, thanks to the strong support of her family and her loving partner.
People will always have something to talk about, ignore all the negativity and thrive excellently in this profession Kirtana.
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