Hope Bevilhymer

Para Ice Hockey

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Residence
West Jordan, UT, USA
Occupation
Business Owner, Motivational Speaker, Musician
Languages
English
Higher education
Communications - University of Utah: Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first took up the sport in 1998 before quitting in 2009. She returned to the sport in 2016.
Name of coach
Ken Klee [national]
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Goaltender

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Your disability doesn't define you. It doesn't make you who you are. It does add to your character, but it's up to each one of those individuals to find out what will work best for them." (ksl.com, 26 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
In recognition of her humanitarian work she received the Quality of Life Award and the Grand Winner Award at the 2005 Volvo For Life Awards. She was also presented with the 2005 'Days of '47' Pioneer of Progress in Education, Health and Humanitarian Award in Salt Lake City, UT, United States of America. (LinkedIn profile, 30 Mar 2015)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at a Paralympic Winter Games. (ksl.com, 26 Sep 2016)
Impairment
She was born with bi-lateral clubfeet. After 29 operations she decided to have her right leg amputated below the knee in 2002. (LinkedIn profile, 30 Mar 2015)
Other information
RETURN TO SPORT
After playing para-ice hockey for 10 years she decided to quit in 2009 due to her being told she was unable to play for the US national team, which was only open to male players at the time. "At that point, I was not wanting to do the sport anymore. I wanted to go to the Paralympics and get a gold and, at that moment, it seemed like there was no chance of me doing that. So, I quit the sport." In 2016 she was contacted by a member of the US women's national team who suggested that she try out for the team. Due to her equipment having been stolen, the community of her hometown of West Jordan, UT, United States of America, donated equipment and paid for her flight so that she could attend the tryouts. "Now there's the women's team, so I have an opportunity to go after the goal that I set back when I was 20 years old." (ksl.com, 26 Sep 2016)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2003 she founded the Limbs of Hope Foundation, an organisation that collects used and discarded prostheses in the United States of America and rebuilds them to send to developing countries. (LinkedIn profile, 30 Mar 2015; Limbs of Hope Foundation Facebook page, 24 Jun 2016)

MUSICIAN
She is the drummer in a four-piece folk rock band named Feros Project, based in Salt Lake City, UT, United States of America. (Facebook profile, 17 Nov 2016)