BBC 100 Women 2018: Laos’ Rugby Trailblazer Lao Khang Listed

Laos' national women's rugby captain, star player turned development officer Lao Khang hails from the country's rural province of Xieng Khouang, home to a multiethnic population including her Hmong community.
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Laos’ national women’s rugby captain, star player turned development officer in the country’s rural province of Xieng Khouang, Ms Lao Khang has been one of 100 Women, a global list of inspiring female folk compiled annually by the BBC.

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“Lao led the Laos women’s national rugby team to historic international victories, and is the first Hmong woman to earn her rugby coach license”, the inscription read.

Lao Rugby Federation Lao Khang at 46 in in BBC 100 Women.

Lao Rugby Federation’s Lao Khang at on the BBC 100 Women list for 2018.

The Lao Rugby Federation welcomed the news:

“Congratulations to Lao Kang, the LRF’s Xieng Khouang Rugby Development Coordinator, for being named one of the BBC 100 Women of 2018! As a star player, coach, and leader, Lao has inspired many and continues to be a trailblazer in Laos and in the region!” the LRF posted on its Facebook page.

Lao was also the focus of a documentary that screened on Japan’s NHK World network entitled Because I am a Girl.

Child Fund Pass It Back / Lao Rugby Federation

Child Fund Pass It Back / Lao Rugby Federation

The recognition comes as the popularity of the game particularly among girls in rural Laos is on the rise, particularly in multiethnic villages.

Combined efforts, particularly in the province of Xieng Khouang, have seen the Child Fund’s Pass it Back program emerge using rugby as a tool to increase teamwork and self-confidence among girls and young women during their developmental years and beyond.

The programme has attracted high level support, with Australia’s former foreign minister Julie Bishop being among the foreign visitors to help the LRF give the “game they play in heaven” a kick-along in Laos, Laotian Times reported back in 2016.

Laos' national women's rugby captain, star player turned development officer Lao Khang hails from the country's rural province of Xieng Khouang, home to a multiethnic population including her Hmong community.

Laos’ national women’s rugby captain, star player turned development officer Lao Khang hails from the country’s rural province of Xieng Khouang, home to a multiethnic population including her Hmong community.

2 Responses to BBC 100 Women 2018: Laos’ Rugby Trailblazer Lao Khang Listed

  1. […] BBC 100 Women 2018: Laos’ rugby trailblazer Lao Khang listed Laos’ national women’s rugby captain, star player turned development officer in the country’s rural province of Xieng Khouang, Ms Lao Khang has been one of 100 Women, a global list of inspiring female folk compiled annually by the BBC. — The Laotian Times […]

  2. Kao-Ly Yang says:

    Lao Khang, of Hmong origin, is a superb woman with courage and determination!
    As another Hmong woman, I am absolutely so proud of her. I believe it was not easy for Hmong women like her to cross the gender barriers, and achieve professional success! Her success reflects the changes, and give hope to many other women. So inspiring!

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