For the sledge hockey community in Alberta, this opportunity is an exciting way to promote our sport and get more people excited about coming out to try it.
The inaugural 2016 Canadian Sledge Hockey Championship will hit the ice on Friday (13 May) at the Leduc Recreation Centre in Alberta, Canada.
The Alberta Sledge and the Canadian Sledge Hockey Championship Host Committee are inviting sledge hockey fans of all ages to attend the first ever national championship. The three day tournament will showcase provincial teams from British Colombia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.
"We are pleased to be hosting the Inaugural Canadian Sledge Hockey Championships following the very successful World Sledge Hockey Challenge held in Leduc in 2015,” said Leduc Mayor Greg Krischke
Since ice sledge hockey’s debut on the Paralympic programme at the 1994 Lillehammer Paralympic Winter Games, the sport is quickly becoming one of the biggest attractions for spectators at the Paralympic Winter Games. It is fast-paced, highly physical and played by athletes with a physical impairment in the lower part of the body.
“For the sledge hockey community in Alberta, this opportunity to host the first national championship for sledge hockey is an exciting way to promote our sport and get more people excited about coming out to try it,” said Janice Coulter, President of Alberta Sledge. “There are local clubs throughout the province and it is a sport for everyone with or without disabilities. This event will showcase the top players not only from Alberta, but from across the country.”
The Canadian Sledge Hockey Championship can be followed on Facebook and Twitter. More information can be found on the event website.