Sledge Hockey is an innovative sport that incorporates the same rules and discipline structure of stand-up ice hockey. Sledge Hockey, players sit on specially designed sleds with skate blades under the seat and use two sticks not only to pass, stick handle and shoot the puck, but also to propel and maneuver their sledges down the ice. Although originally designed for people with a physical disability, sledge hockey is now played as an inclusive sport, it is available to any individual, with or without a disability, who is interested in playing.
Wheelchair basketball is a sport that incorporates many of the same rules and structure of stand-up basketball. Wheelchair Basketball players sit in specially designed sports chairs to move around the court. Although designed for people with a lower body physical disability, wheelchair basketball is played around Canada as an inclusive sport for both people with and without disabilities.
The Para Sport in Schools Program is offered to provide the following:
The Para Sport in Schools program provides equipment (Sledges or wheelchairs) for individuals or groups of all abilities.
MHASR invites schools to travel to the Medicine Hat Family Leisure Centre where up to 20 sleds or wheelchairs can be used by a class. If you have more than 23 students we can find solutions to ensure everyone gets an opportunity to participate. We provide background information on the history, the equipment, rules and strategies of Sledge Hockey or Wheelchair Basketball. The students get the opportunity to try Para Sport first hand, as they hop into a Sledge or Wheelchair and are lead through drills and finally into a scrimmage. It is a great opportunity for everyone to see the sports available for people with a disability--- and to recognize the abilities of people with a disability.
Contact 587-253-5300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about pricing. MHASR provides this program across South Eastern Alberta. If your school cannot make it to the Medicine Hat FLC we do have options where we can travel to you. Thank you to Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink for their support of this program!