Come & Try Sledge

Sledge hockey slides into Brisbane
Type: 
Events
Date and Location
Date: 
Monday, November 6, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: 
Iceworld Olympic Ice Rink
2304 Sandgate Road
Boondall QLD 4034
Australia

 

Brisbane is no stranger to ice hockey with the sport played by hundreds of players across three different rinks in South East Queensland, but next month the sport will see a different version of the game with the first Come & Try Sledge Hockey event to be held on Monday 6 November from 10am - 12 noon at Iceworld Olympic Ice Rink at Boondall.

Sledge hockey, also known as para ice hockey, is played on specially designed sleds with two blades on the bottom which players sit on. They are propelled around the ice by sticks with a spike on one end and a blade on the other end for shooting the puck.

The sport began in Sweden in the 1960s and has quickly grown into an international sport and now features in the Winter Paralympics and Invictus Games. Anyone can play the sport however the sport has been popularised by disabled players who have use of both their hands and arms.
Sledge hockey recently received some promotion through the new Mike Rowe TV show Returning the Favor (video) and has a growing population of interested players through Australia and New Zealand.

The event which is being run by Kelvin Mickelson of Sledge Hockey Australia also has an ulterior motive of “looking for anyone interested in growing the sport in Brisbane.”
"The sport really needs champions to promote the sport to prospective players who are looking to try something new. No experience is necessary and full support will be provided to the interested person” he said.
Ice Hockey Queensland President Con Dionissiou said the sport is a "natural extension of ice hockey that is played by able bodied athletes and we are happy to support the Sledge Hockey Australia event here in Brisbane.”

 

Sledge Hockey Australia is active on Facebook and interested players and supporters can follow their page here: https://www.facebook.com/ParaIceHockeyAustralia.

Contact Details
Contact Person: 
Kelvin Mickelson
Phone: 
0417622707
Map: