Monica Quimby

Para Ice Hockey

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Two children
Occupation
Biologist, Motivational Speaker, Professor
Languages
English
Higher education
Biology - University of New Hampshire: Durham, NH, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began playing Para ice hockey in 2013.
Why this sport?
She took up the sport as a way to cross train for Para canoe.
Club / Team
Florida Bandits: United States
Name of coach
Shawna Davidson [national], USA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Defence

General interest

Nicknames
Goon (sports.vice.com, 22 Feb 2017)
Hobbies
Adaptive sports, reading, going to the beach, taking culinary arts classes, watercolour painting, growing plants. (Facebook page, 30 Sep 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Use every obstacle as an opportunity to educate." (Facebook page, 30 Sep 2015)
Other sports
She won a silver medal in Para canoe at the 2014 Lake Placid International Regatta in Lake Placid, NY, United States of America. Before her accident she was a member of the University of New Hampshire skiing team. (tbo.com, 31 Oct 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (tbo.com, 31 Oct 2015)
Impairment
In January 2006 she broke her hip and L1 vertebra after over-rotating a back flip and landing on her back while skiing, resulting in paraplegia. It was her 30th back flip of the day, having done the previous 29 successfully. (tbo.com, 31 Oct 2015)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She works as a professor of anatomy and physiology at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, ME, United States of America. (sports.vice.com, 22 Feb 2017)

OTHER STUDIES
She has a master's degree in higher education administration from Kaplan University in Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States of America. She also studied botany and plant biology at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ, United States of America. (LinkedIn profile, 2017)