Australia could soon be a force to be reckoned with in the rink after being chosen as one of four nations (also Armenia, Kazakhstan and the Netherlands) to receive Para-ice hockey equipment as part of PyeongChang 2018’s Actualising the Dream legacy project, the brainchild of the partnership between the Agitos Foundation and the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee.

In its application, Australia successfully explained how it plans to use the equipment, which includes sledges, sticks, and a grant to buy protective gear, to introduce Australians to the sport, and encourage those with an impairment to get involved.

The initiative follows the launch of the Actualising the Dream project as part of the Road to PyeongChang 2018: Agitos Foundation Sessions. In these, the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games Organising Committee pledged to support the development of Paralympic Winter sports as part of its Games legacy. The Agitos Foundation is the development arm of the International Paralympic Committee.

In January this year, more than 30 National Paralympic Committees received equipment for the sports of Para-alpine skiing, Para-Nordic skiing and Para-snowboard.

By World Para Ice Hockey

Posted: 7/7/2017

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