Sledge Hockey Try-It Session in Ottawa, ON
Soldier On will be partnering with Sledge Hockey of Eastern Ontario (SHEO) to host a sledge hockey try-it session on the 10th of December in Ottawa, ON at the Jim Durrell Recreation Complex at 6:15 - 10:30 p.m. This activity will bring together both serving and retired ill/injured CAF members, allowing participants to connect through peer support and encourage an active lifestyle.
15 ill/injured serving or retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces will have the opportunity to try the sport of sledge hockey in a safe and fun environment while gaining an appreciation for the fundamentals of the game. This event will assist in the continuation of a healthy lifestyle.
The aim of this activity will be to allow participants the opportunity to learn the basics of the sport of sledge hockey by teaching participants how to get into a sled, how to use the sticks, stopping and turning and finally putting it all together to play a short game in a no-pressure environment.
*Members will be required to bring a hockey helmet with face protection and gloves. Elbow pads are also recommended but not mandatory. All other equipment will be provided
This event is open to members of all skill levels and experience as well members with limited mobility and those who are able bodied. Adaptive sports such as sledge hockey are an excellent environment for inclusion meaning that able-bodied members and those with disabilities or challenges in mobility can learn and play alongside each other.
This program will allow participants the opportunity to learn the basics of sledge hockey with instruction provided by members of SHEO.
All skill levels are welcome, but this program will move at a pace comfortable for a beginner.
Assistance throughout the event will be provided courtesy of SHEO
The number of Soldier On participants is limited to 15.
Minimum eligibility criteria
Any serving member or veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) from the National Capital Region who acquired a permanent physical or mental health illness or injury while enrolled as a member of the CAF; whether attributable or not to service.
Due to the fact that the event is in the NCR geographical area, travel assistance will not be provided.
Medical clearance may be required by your chain of command.
Mental & Physical Requirements
- Participants must be able to tolerate two hours of moderate paced activities throughout the session.
- Participants should have sufficient range and ability in upper limbs to grip hockey sticks as well as raise and lower upper limbs.
- Participants will be joined with other ill/injured members and civilians, and therefore should be able to function in a social environment.
Be advised that a proof of vaccination or vaccine passport will be required at the event.