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Liam Hickey

Para Ice Hockey
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Residence
St. John's, NF, CAN
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Physical Education - Memorial University of Newfoundland: Canada

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age eight in St. John's, NF, Canada.
Why this sport?
"I fell in love with it right away. It was a feeling of freedom I've never experienced before."
Club / Team
Avalon Sled Dogs: Canada
Name of coach
Ken Babey [national], CAN
Training Regime
He trains on the ice three times a week with a local club.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Defence

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
Canada
Opponent
Norway
Location
Charlottetown, PEI, CAN

General interest

Hobbies
Volunteering. (paralympic.ca, 08 Jan 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Representing Canada at the summer and winter Paralympic Games. (sunrisemedical.com, 19 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
His parents. (NPC Media Guide, 2018)
Injuries
He was sidelined for about six weeks after partially dislocating his shoulder at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC, Canada. (Athlete, 20 Jul 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No leg, no problem." (Athlete, 20 Jul 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Defenceman at the world championships in 2019 and 2021. (paralympic.org, 26 Jun 2021, 04 May 2019)

He was named the 2016 Male Athlete of the Year in St. John's, NF, Canada. (thetelegram.com, 07 Feb 2017)

He was presented with the 2015 Junior Athlete of the Year award by Wheelchair Basketball Canada. (wheelchairbasketball.ca, 26 May 2015)

He was named the 2014 Male Youth Athlete of the Year in Mount Pearl, NF, Canada. (wheelchairbasketball.ca, 26 May 2015)
Other sports
He represented Canada in wheelchair basketball at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Nov 2021; insidethegames.biz, 13 Jan 2021)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (insidethegames.biz, 13 Jan 2021)
Impairment
He was born without a femur bone in his right leg, and at age four he underwent rotationplasty surgery. The procedure involved his leg being rotated 180 degrees so that the heel of his foot could act as a knee and allow him to wear a prosthesis. (Athlete, 20 Jul 2016; cbc.ca, 28 Sep 2015)
Other information
DUAL SPORT ATHLETE
He has represented Canada in both Para ice hockey and wheelchair basketball. Following the postponement of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo because of the COVID-19 pandemic, he decided to focus on Para ice hockey as the turnaround time to the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing was just six months. He also hopes to avenge Canada's 2-1 loss in the final to the United States of America at Pyeongchang 2018. "Losing the final like we did in 2018 has really motivated me to come back and make sure we win the gold medal. It's hard to switch to another sport after a tough loss like that. Hockey Canada and Wheelchair Basketball Canada are two great organisations with great leaders on both sides that I've taken a lot from. The challenges to do both stem from time commitment and trying to give your all. They both deserve 110% of your effort." (insidethegames.biz, 13 Jan 2021)

POSITIONAL SWITCH
He played as a forward at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, but he has since switched to defence. "I've been able to take back some of my skillset on defence. I use my speed for the breakouts and it's been a fairly smooth transition. I like having the ability to control the play more and it really helps our game. It's a good fit." (insidethegames.biz, 13 Jan 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-10 2
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-11 3
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-12 4
Mixed Tournament Group A - Standings 2018-03-13 1
Mixed Tournament Semifinal 2018-03-15 1
Mixed Tournament Gold Medal Match 2018-03-18 1