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Tyrone Henry

Para Ice Hockey
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing Para ice hockey in September 2011 with the Ottawa Falcons in Ontario, Canada.
Why this sport?
He had played able-bodied ice hockey prior to his accident. Afterwards he met Canadian Para ice hockey player Marc Dorion, who became his mentor. He was also inspired by watching the sport at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. "I was immediately hooked from the get go. I wasn't sure if I could take part in it because I wasn't disabled at the time [after watching the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver]. I thought right away [after the car accident], I'm going to take up this sport, and I'm going to try and make that team that I saw just a few months ago."
Name of coach
Ken Babey [national], CAN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Defence

General interest

Hobbies
Volunteering. (ottawasun.com, 11 Apr 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (toronto.com, 02 Mar 2020)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (stittsvillecentral.ca, 11 Feb 2018)
Hero / Idol
Canadian ice hockey player Sidney Crosby. (Hockey Canada YouTube channel, 09 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Hockey has always been a big part of my life. The progression into Para ice hockey seemed like a natural choice for me and the sport has challenged me every day to be better." (ottawasun.com, 11 Apr 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Athlete for Para ice hockey at the 2015 Ottawa Sports Awards in Ontario, Canada. (ottawacommunitynews.com, 04 Feb 2016)
Famous relatives
His father Andrew has served as director of Women's Para Hockey of Canada. (cbc.ca, 27 Jan 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (toronto.com, 02 Mar 2020)
Impairment
He injured his spine in a car accident in September 2010. Three of his siblings were also in the crash. (ottawasun.com, 11 Apr 2018)
Other information
ADAPTING TO CHANGE
He played able-bodied ice hockey prior to his injury and had a difficult time adapting to Para ice hockey at the beginning due to the difference in skating methods. "I was a pretty good backwards skater and you can't go backwards in sledge hockey. The angles are different. There are a lot more little details to position yourself. So much more fun to move, and lots of different things to work on – you just solve puzzles. It's fun to play." (stittsvillecentral.ca, 11 Feb 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He serves on the board of directors as the intermediate division programme coordinator at Sledge Hockey of Eastern Ontario [SHEO] in Ottawa, ON, Canada. "I want to see more kids in Ottawa take up that mantle down the road because it was passed to me and I want to pass it to the next generation." (hockeycanada.ca, 20 Jan 2022)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-10 2
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-11 3
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-12 4
Mixed Tournament Group A - Standings 2018-03-13 1
Mixed Tournament Semifinal 2018-03-15 1
Mixed Tournament Gold Medal Match 2018-03-18 1