Vanessa Racine

Para Ice Hockey

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency

Further personal information

Residence
Canada
Languages
English, French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began playing para-ice hockey in 2008 at age 17 in Quebec, Canada.
Why this sport?
"I wanted to play hockey forever, but unfortunately, my physical condition prevented me. In 2008, I decided I'd had enough and wanted to do sports. I started to searched on the internet and I came across sledge hockey. The only team in Quebec was right next door to me. I wrote to the coach and she invited me to try early in the season."
Club / Team
Les Quebecoises: Canada
Name of coach
Tara Chisholm [national]
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Defence

General interest

Nicknames
Vance (Facebook profile, 08 Nov 2016)
Hobbies
Cycling. (Canadian Women's Sledge Hockey Facebook page, 11 Oct 2016)
Hero / Idol
Canadian para-ice hockey player Benoit St-Amand. (Women's Sledge Hockey of Canada YouTube channel, 19 Oct 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It's not about how hard you hit, it's about how hard you get hit and keep moving forward." (Women's Sledge Hockey of Canada YouTube channel, 19 Oct 2014)
Impairment
At 16 months old she was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 1, a condition that causes tumours to grow along the nervous system. A permanent bone fracture was also found in her left leg. After undergoing nine surgeries between age eight and 16, she decided to have the limb amputated below the knee in August 2014. (vanessaracine.wordpress.com, 16 Oct 2015)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She works with children that have autism. (Canadian Women's Sledge Hockey Facebook page, 11 Oct 2016)