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Cody Dolan

Para Ice Hockey

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Calgary, AB, CAN
Occupation
Administrator
Languages
English
Higher education
Biology, Geography - Mount Royal University: Calgary, AB, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing Para ice hockey during his first year of university.
Why this sport?
He quickly grew to love the game. "I do have family who played hockey, so you could say it runs in the blood. So that way I got involved."
Name of coach
Ken Babey [national], CAN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Defence

General interest

Hobbies
Volunteering. (mybowness.com, 12 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup Facebook page, 07 Dec 2018)
Hero / Idol
Canadian ice hockey player Ryan Getzlaf. (albertasledge.com, 26 Aug 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It might be super cliche, but it's true, hard work does pay off." (mybowness.com, 12 Nov 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (alaskahighwaynews.ca, 10 Nov 2021)
Impairment
His right leg was amputated above the knee after he was diagnosed with cancer. He underwent rotationplasty surgery, where the leg is removed, rotated and reattached with the ankle serving as the knee joint. (Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup Facebook page, 07 Dec 2018; albertasledge.com, 26 Aug 2017; Facebook profile, 03 Aug 2017)
Other information
LOVE FOR HOCKEY
He had never played any form of ice hockey before taking up Para ice hockey during his first year of university, but the sport soon became a major part of his life. "You meet so many different kinds of people. I feel like whatever you have gone through you can finally relate to someone. You're able to break down boundaries or walls you had up in the past and open yourself up to the players who have gone through so many similar things. You build friendships and build bonds that way. It helps you feel better about yourself. The main reason we are all there is to play hockey but if it [can] build your self-esteem or build your confidence back from going through things like cancer for example, or recovering from a car accident or whatever else may have had happened. You come together as a team and individually and everyone understands you. That's a big part of the sport. We all get each other and we have that story behind us all, which motivates us to want to play the sport." (mybowness.com, 12 Nov 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has worked with the Classroom Champions programme, which aims to give students all across North America the chance to connect with Olympic and Paralympic athletes. "Every classroom is unique, every kid and teacher has a way they approach the programme. They treat me as a friend and their special mentor, and it puts me in a cool spot to get to know them and understand where they come from." (alaskahighwaynews.ca, 10 Nov 2021)

OCCUPATION
He works as a client administrator at MYo Lab Health & Wellness in Calgary, AB, Canada. (myolab.ca, 28 Jan 2021)