About the Event
The Norwegian town of Hamar will host the 2012 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships from 24 March – 1 April at the Hamar Olympic Amphitheatre.
The event will be the largest for the sport since the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, as the top eight teams come together to compete for the world title.
Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway and USA will all participate in the event, which is free to the public.
Ice Sledge Hockey, now practiced by athletes in 15 different countries, made its Paralympic debut at the Lillehammer 1994 Games and has quickly become one of the biggest attractions for spectators on the winter sports programme.
It’s played by athletes who have a physical disability in the lower halves of their bodies. Instead of skates, players use double-blade sledges that allow the puck to pass beneath them, and they use two sticks that have spike-ends for pushing and blade-ends for shooting.
Hamar is a town of nearly 30,000 people located along the Mjosa, the nation’s largest lake.
The town is easily accessible from both Oslo and Lillehammer and is well-known after hosting some of the events during the Lillehammer 1994 Olympic Winter Games.