Two European Women’s Sledge Hockey players will represent their national teams in the next few weeks as they take to the ice in international tournaments.
First up is Lena Schøder who will be part of the Norwegian team during a friendly tournament this weekend (18-20 November). Returning to Skien Fritidspark, where the European team took on USA and Canada last month, she is one of several members of the Oslo Tigers included in the roster. Over the course of the tournament, Norway will face both Sweden and Italy twice in a round robin style event.
One of Lena’s teammates on the national team will be her European team head coach, Tor Rivera. Playing alongside her will give him a unique way of assessing her improvement.
“Lena has worked really hard, and offers some tough competition for the men on the team. She is proof that women can be as good as men as long as you put in some real hard work. She’s been a vital part of the European Women’s Sledge Hockey Team since the start, and I’m looking forward to having her as a teammate on the national team.”
On 29 November, European team captain Caroline Bonner will be part of the Great Britain national team traveling to Tomakomai in Japan for the IPC Ice Sledge Hockey Pool B World Championships. Caroline will be one of 13 players competing against Czech Republic, Slovakia and host nation Japan for the opportunity to move up to Pool A, and a chance at qualifying for the 2018 Winter Paralympics.
It is believed that Caroline is the first female player to compete at World Championship level within the IPC, and she’s thrilled to have the opportunity to represent her country on such an important stage.
“I’m very proud to be selected to represent Great Britain in Japan. I have been training hard over the last few months in preparation for the tournament and we are all looking forward to showing how far the GB program has developed this year.
I’m also really excited to have this opportunity to compete alongside the men at such a high level and hope that this will be a great advert for the women’s game.”