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OJALA Peter
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Sweden   
GenderMen
Age50
Place of BirthKokkola, FIN
Height1.83 m
Weight 75 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Daughters Micaela and Martina
Residence
Stockholm, SWE
Languages
English, Finnish, Swedish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Why this sport?
The training helped with the constant pain in his back.
Club / Team
Nacka HI: Sweden
Name of coach
Erik Vikstrom [national]; Roland Battistich, SWE, from 2013
Training Regime
He has one or two training sessions each day, usually in the gym in the morning and on the ice in the afternoon.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward
Senior International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
Sweden
General Interest
Hobbies
Playing tennis, cycling, swimming, skiing. (sportochfritidsnyheter.se, 12 May 2016; Team Sweden Sledge Hockey Facebook page, 28 Feb 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games by placing third at the 2017 Paralympic Qualification Tournament in Ostersund, Sweden. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His grandfather. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Swedish ice hockey player Mats Sundin. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Injuries
In about 2014 he had surgery on his ribs. (sportochfritidsnyheter.se, 12 May 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I see everything as a challenge and find solutions to everything." (sportochfritidsnyheter.se, 12 May 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2014 Vastergotland Para Sport Sportsperson of the Year in Sweden. (ttela.se, 20 Feb 2015)
Other sports
He has played wheelchair floorball at international level. (ttela.se, 28 Jan 2010)
Impairment
In 1996 his car crashed into a tractor trailer and skidded into a ditch. The driver of the tractor did not notice the impact and Ojala was trapped in his car for seven hours. He sustained a broken back due to the impact of being hit by an office binder that was on the back seat of his car. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014; ttela.se, 28 Jan 2010)
Other information
MOTIVATION
Training in Para ice hockey has helped him cope with the pain in his back. "I had taken medicine for many years, but then I discovered I did not feel good and became tired, so I stopped taking it. I discovered if I train in the morning it releases the pain, so it is easy to motivate myself." (sportochfritidsnyheter.se, 12 May 2016)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has held a number of roles with the Vastergotland Para Sports Federation in Sweden, which include serving as a board member, an information officer, director of the education and information committee, and chairman of the federation's NCC Julstipendium scholarship. (parasport.se, 23 Mar 2017)

COACH
He has coached wheelchair floorball and Para ice hockey in Vanersborg, Sweden. (parasport.se, 24 Nov 2014; ttela.se, 28 Jan 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2014 Team  
7 2018 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
8 2013 Team  
6 2017 Team  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016 Team