Matt Coleman

Para Ice Hockey

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Residence
Peterborough, ENG
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up ice sledge hockey in 2011 with Peterborough Phantoms in England.
Why this sport?
"It was just to see a different sport. I had no expectations about playing at an international level. Although my love for basketball was strong, straight away I knew this was another level, being on ice, being full on contact, and being different tactically, the feeling was immediate and amazing."
Club / Team
Peterborough Phantoms: England
Name of coach
Ian Offers [club, national], GBR
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward

General interest

Nicknames
Ol' Man, Matt (inspirepeterborough.com, 17 Oct 2016; inspirepeterborough.com, 10 Apr 2014)
Hobbies
Supporting English football club Arsenal. (Twitter profile, 30 May 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I have no special powers, I don't wear spandex in my spare time, but I represent GB sledge." (Twitter profile, 30 May 2015)
Impairment
He was born with sacral agenesis [also known as caudal regression syndrome], a condition that impairs the development of the lower half of the body. (phantomssledgehockey.co.uk, 01 Feb 2011)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as chairman of English ice sledge hockey team Peterborough Phantoms. (phantomssledgehockey.co.uk, 07 Apr 2014)