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Lena Schroeder

Para Ice Hockey

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Family
Partner Morten Vaernes
Residence
Oslo, NOR
Occupation
Athlete, Doctor
Languages
English, Norwegian, Spanish
Higher education
Medicine - University of Oslo: Norway

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began playing Para ice hockey at age 15 in 2008 in Moss, Norway.
Why this sport?
She considers it a fun sport and she also likes the speed, physical and complexity aspects of it. "I didn't have any other experience with Para sports other than sit-skiing. So I just got a message from someone I knew that they were starting a team where I lived. And I thought, 'Hey, I should give this a chance because it's probably the only opportunity I have to do Para sports in my area'."
Club / Team
Valerenga Para Ice Hockey: Norway
Name of coach
Andre Lysenstoen [national], NOR
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Norway

General interest

Most influential person in career
Coach Espen Hegde. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian cross-country skier Petter Northug, Norwegian alpine skier Aksel Lund Svindal. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Famous relatives
Her partner Morten Vaernes has also represented Norway in Para ice hockey and competed at the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Dec 2021; Facebook profile, 20 Nov 2021; paralympic.org, 12 Apr 2017)
Impairment
She was born with spina bifida. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She has earned a medical degree from the University of Oslo in Norway. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she served as a nurse and lab assistant at a clinic, before working as a doctor on a cardiology ward and in the emergency department at a hospital in Oslo. "Honestly, I'm happy to have work to go to. So many people have lost their jobs either temporarily or permanently because of COVID-19. I'm glad that I have income, and that I'm able to help out with the situation at the same time." (paralympic.org, 17 Jun 2020; irozhlas.cz, 25 Jun 2021; Instagram profile, 26 Nov 2021)

FEMALE PLAYER
She became the first female Para ice hockey player to compete at the Paralympic Winter Games since 1994 when she was part of the Norwegian squad at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, and hopes she can inspire other women to take up the sport. "I'm so used to it, so I don't really think much about it. It's always fun playing with the guys and for me it's so natural. They're a bunch of great guys and I like to be in there with them. It's important that people see that even if it's male dominated, you can play as a girl. I do hope that people feel they can go to a male team or a team with only male players and actually start playing. You shouldn't stop playing Para ice hockey just because you're a female player." (paralympic.org, 17 Jun 2020; bbc.co.uk, 17 Mar 2018; paralympic.org, 01 Feb 2018; nrk.no, 24 Nov 2014)

EUROPE
She has played for the European women's Para ice hockey team. (eurosledge.com, 23 Aug 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-10 1
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-12 4
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-13 6
Mixed Tournament Group A - Standings 2018-03-13 3
Mixed Tournament Classification 5-8 2018-03-14 2
Mixed Tournament Classification 5-6 2018-03-16 1