Sarah Bettencourt

Para Ice Hockey


Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Husband Matt, son Tyler
Higher education
Mechanical Engineering - Stanford University: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began playing Para ice hockey in 2013.
Why this sport?
She first played Para ice hockey at an adaptive winter sports camp. "It actually saved my life. I went from being a captain in the Marines and serving my country to what seemed like nothing. It left a hole in my heart. While I was on the ice I was no longer disabled. I was a hockey player."
Club / Team
San Diego Ducks: United States
Name of coach
Shawna Davidson [national], USA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

General interest

Skiing, camping, hiking, surfing, swimming, spending time with family. (, 07 May 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named 2016 Athlete with an Impairment of the Year by USA Hockey. (, Jun 2016)
She first began to be affected by a neurological disorder in 2008 while training to be a helicopter pilot in the United States Marine Corps. The condition forced her to medically retire in 2012. Her permanent symptoms are sensation loss and weakness in her hands and feet, loss of balance and constant vertigo, and coordination loss. Her transient symptoms can affect any part of her body and range from vision loss to partial paralysis to loss of consciousness and seizures. "My current working diagnosis is cerebral inflammatory disorder. I have lesions of inflammation in my brain, so the part of my body which that part of my brain controls stops working properly." (, Jul 2016;, 07 May 2016)
Other information
In 2014 she founded the San Diego Ducks Para ice hockey club in California, United States of America. She has served as the team's director, manager and captain. (, Jul 2016;, 19 Apr 2016;, 22 Feb 2017)