Claire Buchanan

Para Ice Hockey


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Wife Dott
Toronto, ON, CAN
Athlete, Student
Higher education
Journalism - University of Alabama: Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up para-ice hockey at age 12 at the Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled club in Mississauga, ON, Canada.
Why this sport?
"My mother was eager for me to be an active kid and her friends told her about Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled club. She took me out to the hockey rink and we watched an entire practice. I was extremely nervous and was not sure about wanting to be involved. Yet, my mother insisted that I try it once and if I did not like it, then at least I can say I tried it out. That next Saturday, I got up the courage to strap in and try out sledge hockey. I'm pretty sure all I did was go around circles and end up on my side for the most part, but from the second I was on the ice and feeling the cool gliding breeze through my helmet, I had fallen in love with sledge hockey."
Club / Team
Mississauga Cruisers: Canada
Name of coach
Tara Chisholm [national]
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Representing Canada in para-ice hockey. (, 07 Jun 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"We are what we repeatedly do, therefore excellence is not an act but in fact, a habit." [Aristotle] (Facebook profile, 26 Oct 2016)
Other sports
She has played wheelchair basketball for the Canadian national team and the Burlington Vipers in Ontario, as well as for the University of Alabama and the University of Arizona in the United States of America. (Canadian Women's Sledge Hockey Facebook page, 04 Oct 2016;, 07 Jun 2015)
She was born with spina bifida, and wears ankle orthotics to assist her walking. (, 30 Aug 2016)
Other information
She has studied food and nutrition management at Centennial College in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Facebook profile, 26 Oct 2016)