I love being involved with the sport of Para Ice Hockey!
Since my motorbike accident many sports are out of the question for my knees, but not this.
I love playing and coaching this highly skilled, fast paced, physical team sport and would definitely recommend everyone to get in touch with their local club to give it a try for themselves.
When I was discharged by the RAF, I was in a pretty bad place mentally as well as physically. When I heard about Para Ice Hockey and having already played field hockey in my past, I thought this is the sport for me.
For me, there is nothing better than showing my daughter that no matter what life hands to you, you can do anything you want to if you set your mind to it.
I was introduced to the sport in 2013 whilst on a winter sports camp in Whistler, Canada. I quickly grew to love the sport and found every time I got on the ice I felt free.
I am a competitive person and will always strive to be the best that I can be or be the best in the team. Once I put my mind to something I will always achieve my goal no matter how many times it takes me to complete it.
– Para Ice Hockey –
Para Ice Hockey is played by a wide range of players with a variety of mobility limitations: amputees, spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, along with anyone who has a permanent disability that limits participation in stand up hockey. In addition, with the exception of the highest level of competition, non-disabled players are encouraged to participate.
It is a great form of exercise and fitness. It increases strength and coordination and also conditions the upper body. The balance used to propel, play the puck, and turn and stop gives arms, back and abdominal muscles a workout. Those who play regularly quickly notice an increase in overall strength and balance both on and off the ice.