Qatargas has announced its sponsorship of the Qatar Minor Ice Hockey Association (QMIHA) for the 2013-2014 Ice Hockey season.  Qatargas’ support as ‘Pearl Sponsors’ comes as part of the Company’s ongoing corporate social responsibility initiatives in the field of sport.

Mansour Rashid Al-Naimi, Qatargas Public Relations Manager said:

We are very pleased to support Qatar Minor Ice Hockey Association during this season.  Our support to the game of Ice Hockey forms part of a social investment strategy we adopted in supporting evolving sports and popularizing it, thereby contributing to the goals of the State of Qatar’s National Vision 2030.  We believe that our support to these games, including Ice Hockey, will help popularize them in Qatar and introduce youngsters to this exciting sport.’

Heather Ryan, QMIHA President said:

We would very much like to thank Qatargas for its generous support.  This year we will have over 140 children playing ice-hockey here in Doha, including a number of Qatari nationals, representing a 17% increase in registration from last year.  Our players actively compete in tournaments throughout the GCC.  Last season our U9 team won gold in Dubai, our U12B&C won Silver in Abu Dhabi, our U12C won Bronze in Doha and our U15B won Gold in Abu Dhabi.  Our children are true ambassadors of sports in Qatar.’

 During the 2013-2014 season, QMIHA will also be cooperating closely with the Qatar Olympic Committee to ensure cross-training of aspiring young Qatari national ice-hockey players within the QMIHA.

QMIHA is a non-profit, amateur, youth ice hockey league established in 2001.  Operated by volunteers, QMIHA focuses on community service and promoting sports for our youth.  The 2013-14 Ice Hockey Season began on 16 September and offers ice-hockey for both boys and girls from age 5 (beginners) right through to under 18s (bantam).  This season, QMIHA plans on hosting three regional ice-hockey tournaments, here in Doha, inviting teams from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al-Ain and Saudi Arabia.