Sports council wants to see sledge hockey grow

Using your upper body strength to not only get yourself moving, but to also score a goal is what makes sledge hockey such a fun and challenging sport.

The Fort St. John Sports Council held a sledge hockey tryout on Feb. 11 as part of the High On Ice winter festival.

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“We have more people here this year than we did last year, so the word is getting out,” said Mandy Gallant, one of the organizers for the sports council.

The council has had the sleds for a couple years, and while it hasn’t quite caught on yet, those that do come out to try it really enjoy it.

Olga Schulenburg, another organizer of the event for the sports council, and Gallant both have children that require use of a wheelchair, so they want to give people a different perspective on Canada’s sport.

“We’re trying to get more awareness out there, both of us having children with physical disabilities means they cannot partake in regular hockey or skating, so this gives kids in the district the opportunity to try something different they can take part in,” said Schulenburg.

Both women hope to see sledge hockey grow in popularity in Fort St. John, much in the way wheelchair basketball has within the school district.

“It’s nice to get people out there to try it out, it’s a lot of fun,” said Schulenburg.

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