GB Squad Selected for World Championships

GB LogoThe British Sledge Hockey Association (BSHA) has announced today the 11 players who will represent the Great Britain Sledge Hockey team for the 2015 World Championships (Pool B), to be held in Ostersund from the 16th to 22th March, aiming to secure promotion to Pool A.

Since missing out on qualifying for the last winter Paralympics in Sochi in 2014, the BSHA has continued with a robust development programme and expanded its national league structure supported by committed stakeholders.

Over the past four years the GB team has risen consistently up the world rankings culminating in winning a bronze medal at the last IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships (Pool B) held in Japan in 2013.

In order to gain promotion to Pool A Sledge Hockey GB must finish second and will be competing against hosts, Sweden as well as South Korea, Poland, Austria and Slovakia.

The selected athletes are;

 

  • Darren Brown
  • Tyler Christopher
  • Jon Le Galloudec
  • Bryan Hackworth
  • Ian Warner
  • Karl Nicholson
  • Matt Woollias
  • Matt Clarkson
  • Rob Gaze
  • Scott Turner
  • Paul Furber

There is no shortage of international experience in the squad selected which contains 9 members of the GB team which won the Bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships plus two athletes who have competed in at least one Paralympic Games.

Elite Programme Director John Neville said:

“I’m delighted that due to our development programme we are able to send such a talented and experienced group of players to represent our nation at the World Championships.  The progress that the squad has achieved over the past few years is really impressive and they now have a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate their progress in Sweden”.

“Under Andrew Linton’s leadership, the squad have developed a very fast, skilful and exciting brand of sledge hockey, which has thrilled crowds and earned plaudits around the world over the last few years. We will continue to give Andrew and his squad our full support to ensure they have every opportunity to perform to their full potential and go onto compete on the greatest sporting stage of all at the Paralympics in 2018.

BSHA Chair, Matt Lloyd added;

“It has been fantastic to see the support Sledge Hockey GB have received and it is important to recognise key stakeholders such as the British Paralympic Association, Disability Sport Wales, English Federation of Disability Sport, UK Sport, Planet Ice, MDSC, Sharegift and of course the Great Britain Supporters Club.”

“We should also recognise that the growth of Sledge Hockey in England wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the County Sports Partnerships aided by Sport England, volunteers, fans, coaches and the players who haven’t been fortunate enough to be selected.”

Head Coach Andrew Linton commented,

“This worlds we are looking to pick up where we left off in Japan, competing for a medal, we feel we had a disappointing Paralympic qualification tournament and want to make amends for that.

The guys, as always, have been working hard on the ice, and are looking forward to competing again. There are no easy games in international sport and Sweden and Korea will be the biggest challenge but every team we play will be wanting the same thing as us which is to win.”

Wish the team good luck! Tweet your good luck messages to @sledgehockey on Twitter using the hashtag #SledgeHockeyGB; #Ostersund2015: or visit the BSHA website at www.sledgehockey.co.uk

Planet Ice 2015 Season Fixtures

All the dates for the 2015 season have now been confirmed with the rinks and the teams!  So get the dates booked into your diaries and start making plans to cheer your favourite team on!

Please note that unlike last season, we have had to double up some games, so if you were planning to watch every game, you might need to make sure your transporter is working!

Home teams are listed first.  And while every effort is made to keep the dates/times of these games as below, they may be subject to change.  Should this happen, we will update here, Twitter and Facebook with as much notice as possible.

 

Date Time Home Team Away Team
April 25th 17:00 Kingston Sheffield
April 25th 18:30 Cardiff Manchester
May 2nd 16:15 Peterborough Kingston
May 23rd 16:00 Cardiff Peterborough
May 30th 16:30 Manchester Cardiff
May 30th 21:30 Sheffield Peterborough
June 6th 16:00 Cardiff Kingston
June 13th 12:00 Kingston Manchester
June 20th 16:30 Manchester Sheffield
June 27th 16:15 Peterborough Cardiff
June 27th 21:30 Sheffield Manchester
July 4th 16:00 Cardiff Sheffield
July 11th 12:00 Kingston Cardiff
July 18th 16:30 Manchester Peterborough
July 25th 16:15 Peterborough Manchester
July 25th 21:30 Sheffield Cardiff
August 8th 12:00 Kingston Peterborough
August 15th 16:30 Manchester Kingston
August 22nd 16:15 Peterborough Sheffield
August 29th 22:15 Sheffield Kingston

Playoffs will be held on September 5th at Planet Ice Milton Keynes, with the top 4 teams competing.  More details will be added closer to the time!

Widnes Winter Classic

Silverblades Ice Rink Widnes is playing host to a charity game between the Widnes Wild Ice Hockey Team and the Widnes Wildcats Ice Hockey Team with money being raised to help the GB Sledge Hockey Team make it to World Championships!

The Widnes Winter Classic will be held on Sunday 28th December, with doors opening at 17:15.  Tickets are only £5 and are available from the box office at the rink.

It’s guaranteed to be a fantastic event, and you may even see a few of our sledge hockey players there on the day!

For more information, contact Silverblades Widnes, or check out the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/376400472533842/

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First Taste of Sledge in Milton Keynes

Some of the attendees from the first MK sledge hockey taster session

Some of the attendees and “assistant coaches” from the first MK sledge hockey taster session

The first of the three sledge hockey taster sessions was held on Wednesday this week at Planet Ice Milton Keynes.  With GB Head Coach Andrew Linton and several of the GB players on hand to help out, there were quite a few new faces who came to give it a try…along with one or two familiar ones!

Adam Carr and Lewis Christie from the MK Lightnings Ice Hockey Team and a couple of players from the MK Falcons Women’s Ice Hockey Team came along and strapped themselves into a sledge for the first time and ended up finding it a lot harder than they expected!Firefox_Screenshot_2014-11-20T17-11-46.865Z

The attendees first learned how to get the sledges moving on the ice and how to get themselves back up when the sledge tipped over!  Then they moved onto puck handling and shooting, with GB’s Tyler, Jon and Darren helping them all the way.

Coach Linton was pleased with the turnout on the night and tweeted about how much potential he saw in those who attended.

The next taster session is on Wednesday 26th November 9pm-10pm, with the third one at the same time on Wednesday 3rd December.  If you want to pre-book a place on one of the remaining sessions, you can do so at the Planet Ice Milton Keynes website.

Sledge Hockey Taster Sessions in Milton Keynes

Firefox_Screenshot_2014-11-13T17-41-17.041ZWith the grand re-opening of their Milton Keynes ice rink, Planet Ice have set up a series of sledge hockey taster sessions, offering the opportunity for people to come and try the paralympic sport for the first time.

Sledge hockey is a variation of ice hockey in which players are seated in a metal sledge with blades on the base, propelling themselves using twin hockey sticks, shooting pucks as they go.  Designed specifically for people with lower body impairments who are unable to play standing ice hockey, the sport is fast, full-contact and extremely fun to play and watch.

The sessions are being run by GB Sledge Hockey Head Coach Andrew Linton, who will be assisted on the ice by a number of players, including current GB Captain Ian Warner as well as GB players Darren Brown, Jon Le Galloudec and Tyler Christopher.  Jon and Tyler are both military personnel who were injured while serving abroad and became involved with sledge hockey as a form of rehabilitation.

Coach Linton is excited about the sessions: “This is a fantastic chance to bring sledge hockey to people who may not have been able to try it previously. The newly refurbished rink is a perfect place to hold these sessions and I’m looking forward to seeing the potential talent that arises from them.”

The sessions are completely free, and are open to anyone – male or female, disabled or able-bodied – over the age of 14. All equipment will be provided by the British Sledge Hockey Association and Planet Ice, including sledges. If you would like to give sledge hockey a try, the sessions will be held at Planet Ice Milton Keynes at the following times:

  • Wednesday 19th November 9pm-10pm
  • Wednesday 26th November 9pm-10pm
  • Wednesday 3rd December 9pm-10pm

You can pre-book your place on one of the sessions at the Planet Ice Milton Keynes Website.

More information on sledge hockey can be found at www.sledgehockey.co.uk
More information on Planet Ice can be found at www.planet-ice.co.uk

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