Non Profit Feature: Cruisers Sports

Non Profit Feature: Cruisers Sports

cruisers sports

Non Profit Feature: Cruisers Sports

Cruisers Sports

To enhance the quality of life for individuals with physical disabilities through sport and recreational activity.

cruisers sports

The weekend of November 1st was the Cruiser’s Cup in Brampton Ontario.  I had the chance to attend this amazing event with my common law partner, Rob, who has just recently joined a sledge hockey team.

Rob had a below the knee amputation in March of 2018.  Previously he was very active in sports, including hockey, which he played from a young age, coached, and was even a referee.  Through an amputee support group he met some other amputees who were part of a sledge hockey league, and after having the opportunity to try the sport, he was thrilled to join a team.

Sledge hockey, also now commonly referred to as Para Ice Hockey is a sport for individuals of all abilities.  Para Ice Hockey was designed to allow participants who have a disability to play the game of ice hockey.  It is open to players both with disabilities or with no disability. It is truly a sport of inclusion.

The Cruisers Cup in Brampton is a Para Ice Hockey tournament where over 40 teams compete in their divisions.

Players range from open/Junior/intermediate and elite divisions, where the top division often includes National team members.

I was absolutely blown away by attending this tournament.  There were players of all ages, and abilities brought together by a sport and given the chance to compete.  I was so inspired by the positive vibe of the event. Para Ice Hockey gives so many people with disabilities an opportunity to participate in a sport in an encouraging, accepting team environment.

Rob says;

“It has filled me with a sense of purpose that was missing since I lost my leg.  I’m really happy to be back on the ice. I like the camaraderie of being part of a team again.”

To learn more about all of the programs that Cruisers Sports offers please visit their website: https://www.cruisers-sports.com/


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