There is a lot of overlap in the Indian junior and senior women’s hockey teams, and while it puts more strain on a limited number of players, it also helps youngsters to mature quickly and adapt to the requirements of the game at the top level.Navjot Kaur was part of the team that excelled at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals taking India to the doorsteps of the Olympics, and also featured in the recent Volvo International U-21 tournament in the Netherlands where the team finished third.”The rigorous schedule demands that we work extra hard on our fitness and become physically stronger,” Navjot said. “The coach is also laying lot of stress on training and gym work.”Now her next assignment is the junior Asia Cup in Changzhou, China, from September 5-13.”Our goal is to play the final as the top three finishers there will qualify for the Junior World Cup,” she said.A product of the Baldev Singh’s academy in Shahbad, Navjot has come a long way in a relatively short time. With Olympic qualification almost certain, she looks forward to the future with a glint in her eye.”I come from a humble family. My father is a mechanic in Kurukshetra while my mother is a housewife. But they are fully aware what the Olympics mean and are eagerly awaiting the day when I will take the field in Rio,” the confident youngster said. She knows an Olympic berth will do wonders for the women’s game in India.advertisement”I would like a professional league for women as well. I hope that is possible once we appear at the Olympics,” Navjot, who looks up to teammates Ritu Rani and Rani Rampal, said.