Tuyet Yurczyszyn

Para Ice Hockey


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Husband Darren, daughter Bria, son Luke
Other names
Son Thi Anh Tuyet
Brantford, ON, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up ice sledge hockey in 2001 at the Brant County Crushers club in Brantford, ON, Canada.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to take up the sport after meeting a member of the Brant County Crushers club at a charity event in Brantford, ON, Canada.
Club / Team
Hamilton Sledgehammers: Canada
Name of coach
Tara Chisholm [national]
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

General interest

Awards and honours
She took part in the torch relay ahead of the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. Her leg of the relay was in Cambridge, ON, Canada. (Facebook profile, 18 Jun 2015; 20 Jun 2015)
She has weakness in her left leg as a result of the effects of polio. (brantfordexpositor.ca, 11 Sep 2012)
Other information
In April 1975 she was taken from an orphanage in Saigon as part of an operation to evacuate South Vietnamese children before the capital was taken by North Vietnamese forces. She travelled to Canada on a flight with 56 babies and children, and was adopted by a couple in Brantford, Ontario, who had already adopted two other children from Vietnam and Bangladesh. (brantfordexpositor.ca, 27 Oct 2011)

In 2011 Canadian author Marsha Skrypuch released a book based on Yurczyszyn's journey from Vietnam to Canada titled 'Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War'. Skrypuch published another book in 2012 named 'One Step At A Time: A Vietnamese Child Finds Her Way', which told the story of Yurczyszyn's life growing up in Canada. (brantfordexpositor.ca, 27 Oct 2011; pajamapress.ca, 11 Sep 2012)