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Christy Gardner

Athletics | Para Ice Hockey

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Lewiston, ME, USA
Occupation
Breeder, Fitness Instructor, Photographer, Veteran
Languages
English
Higher education
Photography - Long Island University: Brookville, NY, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried Para ice hockey at the New England Winter Sports Clinic for Disabled Veterans in New Hampshire, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to get involved in Para sports by a retired veteran. "A veteran in a wheelchair whom I knew from around the hospital noticed I was upset and came over to talk to me. He asked me if I wanted to join him and a group of other disabled veterans who tried various adaptive sports like surfing and biking. I hated the idea, I had just been told I would basically never move freely again, and he wanted me to come watch people being active? It felt like a slap in the face. But he wouldn't leave me alone until I joined him, so one day I did."
Club / Team
New England Warriors: United States
Name of coach
Shawna Davidson [national], USA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward

General interest

Nicknames
Christy (Facebook profile, 23 Nov 2016)
Hero / Idol
Her sister. (usawomensledgehockey.org, 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No matter the obstacles, never give up." (sunjournal.com, 22 Nov 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2013 Athlete with an Impairment of the Year by USA Hockey. (espn.com, 22 Jan 2016)
Other sports
She competed in discus and shot put at the 2016 US Paralympic Athletics Trials in Charlotte, North Carolina. She also played hockey and lacrosse for Long Island University in Brookville, New York. (halfmiletiming.com, 02 Jul 2016; espn.com, 22 Jan 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at both the winter and summer editions of the Paralympic Games. (espn.com, 02 Jul 2017)
Impairment
In 2006 she was injured while serving with the US Army in the demilitarised zone between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. She sustained skull and spinal injuries, lost two fingers, and had to re-learn how to speak and write due to brain trauma. The injury to her spinal cord left her with no feeling in her feet and ankles. In May 2015 she had her left leg amputated below the knee. She underwent the same operation on her right leg in February 2016. (pressherald.com, 05 May 2011; espn.com, 22 Jan 2016; gofundme.com, 22 Jan 2016; centralmaine.com, 01 May 2016)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She works as a Labrador breeder for Varney's Labs in Turner, ME, United States of America. She is also employed as a photographer and fitness trainer by the Turner Fire Department in Maine, United States of America. (centralmaine.com, 01 May 2016; Facebook profile, 17 Dec 2018)

MILITARY CAREER
She served as a military police officer in the US Army from 2005 to 2007. (Facebook profile, 23 Nov 2016)

OTHER STUDIES
She has a degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of Southern Maine in Portland, ME, United States of America. She has also gained a master's degree in organisational development from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX, United States of America. (Facebook profile, 23 Nov 2016)