Last night I braved the cold and running. I wasn’t scheduled to do anything more than 2.5 miles, which was fine because it was was crisp out! I was at 2.44 km, had just snapped a photo of a crazy-decorated house in Willow Park and my phone shut off! I could have sworn it was charged enough for the run. So not knowing the distances I turned around and headed back to the house. When I got there and plugged my phone in, it turned right back on – is it possible it was too cold out? My iPhone has been so finicky. Eek.
So I ran for about 25 minutes. Not sure the total distance. It was slippery, windy and cold. There were only a few houses lit when I went out for my run at around 6:00, so it was a little boring. Tonight I have to do hills. And it’s still cold out.
I do want to tell you about a really awesome event going on in the city this week: the World Sledge Hockey Challenge. I’m actually a volunteer (surprise, surprise). We had our orientation this morning and it’s definitely going to be a terrific week!
What is Sledge Hockey? (From the Calgary Sledge Hockey Association & Hockey Canada)
Sledge Hockey was invented at a rehabilitation centre in Stockholm, Sweden in the early 1960’s by a group of people who wanted to continue playing hockey despite their physical disabilities. Interesting fact: At the recreational level, anyone can play sledge hockey, disabled and able-bodied. At the international level, however, only athletes with a disability in the lower part of their body can be classified by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to participate.
Rules and Equipment
The rules for Sledge Hockey are the same as able bodied hockey. The game is played with most of the same hockey equipment used in any ice hockey league. In Sledge Hockey, there is a need for protective equipment as the game is fast paced on the sleds with tight turns and high shots of the puck from a seated position. In senior leagues, body checking is allowed.The equipment for sledge hockey is usually adapted to fit the needs of each athlete. Each player is seated on a sled that is two to four feet long and glides on the ice with two skate blades. The distance from the ice to the top of the frame of the sled must be 8.5 cm to 9.5 cm to keep them from overlapping on contact. A back rest may be used on a sled and straps can be used to fasten the player’s legs and body to the sled. The players use sticks(maximum length is 75 cm) with a pick on one end and a blade on the other for the dual purpose of skating and puck handling.
I still don’t know a heck of a lot about sledge hockey, but I’ve already met one player and she’s totally inspired me to check it out further. She was encouraging me to give it a try – I jovially said, “There’s no way I can do that; I have terrible balance and I’m uncoordinated.” Not missing a beat, she replied: “You’ll never know if you don’t try it!” It was so simple. And something we’ve all heard a million times, but she was totally right. I may just give it a try so stay tuned 🙂