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    • Canada’s Paralympic sledge hockey team uses cross-country skiing to prepare for Paralympics!

      March 6, 2014

      The Canadian Paralympic sledge hockey team came to Canmore, AB as a part of a pre-Paralympics training camp for some final preparations before heading over to Sochi to compete in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. Cross Country Canada (CCC) and Cross Country Alberta (CCA) helped organize the day for the hockey stars at the Canmore Nordic Centre. Mike Neary of CCA was able to gather together a dozen sit-skis for the team to use then Mike and a couple of CCC staff members helped to get the players going and give a little cross-country skiing advice.

      They came dressed for a cold winter’s day but it didn’t take long for the hockey athletes to start working up a sweat and begin peeling off layers of clothes. Most of the athletes had not previously tried cross-country skiing but many took to it right away thanks to their strength and athleticism as sledge hockey players. Some of the players said that “it was a great workout and a good cross-training activity”.  Adam Crokatt (Sledge hockey high performance director and Team leader) said “doing this has really helped our athletes have a better appreciation of what the cross-country ski athletes do and how hard they work”.

      The Canadian Sledge Hockey team played a game on the pond in Lake Louise before flying out to Sochi on February 26th for the Paralympics. We wish our fellow competitors best of luck in their quest for Gold in Sochi!