The team was established in 2011 following discussion with Thomas Koester (IPC) about the possibility of making a European women’s team.
Espen Hegde (Norway) was appointed as our coach and Johan Balder (Holland) as our team manager. Our first gathering was in October 2011 in Amsterdam. Two Norwegians, three British and three Dutch girls attended.
In 2012 3 new players were added to the roster. We played our first ever matches at the Malmo Open, Sweden in February alongside several members of the Amsterdam Huskies. We had further training camps in Holland and Norway.
In May 2012 the team travelled to Philadelphia, USA to participate in a women’s international festival. Team Europe played against the USA and Canadian women’s teams over 3 days. The event was the first of its kind and a breakthrough for women’s sledge hockey.
We met together in Honefoss, Norway in January for a training camp and then in August in Hamar alongside the Norwegian sledge hockey training camp.
We later had a series of matches in Honefoss in September against USA which was a huge success.
In August we were again invited to join the Norwegians in Hamar for their annual training camp. This was followed by a further gathering in October.
In November 2014 Ice sledge hockey made history with the first ever Women’s World Cup attended by Europe, USA and Canada. We came third but showed incredible progression and development of the team since first meeting the USA and Canada two years earlier.
Unfortunately, Espen had to step down from his role as coach following the World Cup as he took on the role of head coach of the Norwegian National Team. Johan has also taken on other responsibilities within sledge hockey preventing him from continuing with the team.
Former Dutch Ice Hockey player Nancy Van der Linden took over the role of Head coach at the start of the year with Lian Deijkers (retired European Women’s Team player) as manager. We have since met in Honefoss in February and Hamar in the Summer and hope to train together in Holland later in the year. We are now working hard on and off the ice looking forward to future international competition in 2016 and 17.