In 2014 World Para Ice Hockey funded the women’s Para ice hockey programme through the Agitos Foundation’s Grant Support Programme.

The overall programme objectives were:

  • Empower women to improve their individual living conditions and increase their active participation in the society
  • Contribute to a different perception of people with an impairment within society
  • Ensure the exchange of experience and that the training will not only contribute to improve their personal conditions of life and their sporting excellence, but also that their personal experience will have an impact on the possibility to repeat such a training camp in their home country
  • Raise awareness through sport with the intention to promote integration
Two female sledge hockey players on the ice, fighting for the puk from the referee

Christy Gardner (USA) and Lena Schroder (Europe) at the 2016 Women’s World Ice Sledge Hockey Festival

ⒸLori Kile

The programme outcomes were:

  • Increased awareness and promotion of women’s Para ice hockey and the Paralympic Movement (in Canada, Great Britain, Finland, Norway, Netherlands, USA)
  • Personal benefits that athletes gained through the experience of a training camp
  • An estimated 40-50 female athletes were reached with the youngest being only 15 years old
  • Momentum created to provide more competitive opportunities for women’s Para ice hockey via the 2014 International Women’s Cup that took place shortly after the training camps

Event Date & Location Teams
Women’s Development Programme with the Agitos Foundation Series of camps 3-13 October 2014 Canada, Team Europe, USA
2014 International Women’s Cup 7-9 November 2014 in Brampton, Canada Canada, Team Europe, USA
2016 Women’s Para ice hockey festival 20-22 October 2016 in Skien, Norway Canada, Team Europe, USA
2017 Women's Development Camp 12-14 October 2017 in Chuncheon, South Korea Worldwide
2018 Women's Development Camp 1-6 May 2018 in Ostrava, Czech Republic Worldwide