Sledge Hockey

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Next Events:

3rd Annual Marathon Quest 250 Run / Walk

  • Monday December 31st 2012

  • 9.00pm to 3.00pm

  • Location: Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre, Cochrane, Alberta

Hockey Quest 500 (Quest #6)

  • Saturday January 19th 2013

  • 8.00am to 5.00pm

  • Location: Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre, Cochrane, Alberta

Hockey's a funny old game. I picked up my first hockey stick at the age of 22. I was living in Kimberley BC and was invited to join the Men's Recreational league. The only problem was I had never skated before. Well that's not quite true, when I was 16, I rented a pair of skates at the Bristol Ice Place, in the UK and spent 30 minutes walking around the side of the arena, clutching the railing. Anyway, back to Kimberley and not to be put off by the minor detail of not skating, I purchased some second-hand gear at an equipment swap and headed out into the unknown. The players were very kind to me although the first season I spent more time on my butt than on the skates. I also had permanently bruised elbows and hips but I persevered.

My hockey career took me from Kimberley to Yellowknife where I played for the "Dusters", a team of teachers and friends. My game slowly improved and I found that my five-a side soccer experience helped with my positional play. My final years of recreational hockey were played in Sudbury, Ontario where every Sunday night a group of us would get together for the "Black Knights vs. White Knights". I thought my career was over until 2010 when I got a call from the "Rotary Relics" and had my first experience of the Kimmett Cup pond hockey tournament..

Last Saturday, Sue and I experience another form of the game. We went to the Winsport Ice Complex at COP to watch the World Sledge Hockey Challenge gold medal game between Canada and USA. It was a close fought contest, the US coming out on top 1-0. The effort these players put in is incredible and they are a true inspiration to all the children who were watching and cheering them on. I must say I was disappointed at the size of the crowd. As a hockey-loving nation, the arena should have been packed. Bearing in mind there are currently no NHL game being played, it provided a unique opportunity for people to watch some amazing hockey and support the national team.

Afterwards we went down to see the team. I chatted with Billy Bridges, one of the Canadian players. Billy is a Right To Play Athlete Ambassador and he is a firm believer in sport for all. He went around chatting with kids, signing autographs and having photos taken with supporters.

So, now I'll be back on my skates again, getting ready for the Kimmett Cup and Hockey Quest 500 on January 19th 2013. All the team places are filled for the pond hockey tournament but we are still looking for individuals to play in the Guinness World Record attempt for the most players in an exhibition game. For more information go to www.lindsaykimmett.org . Let's do this for the love of the game and helping others. Hockey's a funny old game.

Quote of the Day

"Begin at the beginning and go on until you come to the end then stop"

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Billy Bridges, Team Canada, battles for the puck during the World Sledge Hockey Championship gold medal game.

Sledge Hockey

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3rd Annual MQ250 Run / Walk

Posted by martin.parnell |

Next Events:

3rd Annual Marathon Quest 250 Run / Walk

  • Monday December 31st 2012

  • 9.00pm to 3.00pm

  • Location: Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre, Cochrane, Alberta

Hockey Quest 500 (Quest #6)

  • Saturday January 19th 2013

  • 8.00am to 5.00pm

  • Location: Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre, Cochrane, Alberta

Anniversaries are the glue that keeps any calendar together. I just got my 2013 weekly day timer and the first thing I did was pencil in all the important events. Birthdays come top of the list. Family, friends, pets, they all have a place and are highlighted so Sue doesn't forget them. Many key anniversaries are already in the book such as Valentine's Day and Halloween and are so ingrained that everyone knows them. Some are new and driven by tragedy such as 9/11, or money as such Black Friday (post American Thanks Giving).

Some are just plain weird. The Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake is an annual event held on the Spring Bank Holiday (last Monday of May) at Cooper's Hill near Gloucester in the Cotswolds region of England. It is traditionally by and for the people who live in the local village of Brockworth, but now people from all over the world take part. The event takes its name from the hill on which it occurs.

The event is traditional. In recent years, it has been managed in a quasi-official manner, but the events of 2010 and 2011 took place spontaneously without any management. Spectators were furious at the prospect of being charged a £20 entry fee.

From the top of the hill a round of Double Gloucester cheese rolled, and competitors race down the hill after it. The first person over the finish line at the bottom of the hill wins the cheese. In theory, competitors are aiming to catch the cheese, however it has around a one second head start and can reach speeds up to 70 mph (112 km/h), enough to knock over and injure a spectator. Traditionally, the winner of each year's contest is expected to perform a shirtless victory ascent of Cooper's Hill where he or she will return the cheese to its ceremonial plinth. This is done in order to symbolize the eternal cycle of man's creation, release, pursuit and re-capture of his dairy products. This is one that should not be missed.

One anniversary, a little closer to home, is the 3rd Annual Marathon Quest 250 Run / Walk in Cochrane in Cochrane. The date is easy to remember as it's on December 31st. The first running of this event was on December 31st 2010 and it was the final of the 250 marathons I completed that year. Last year we held the 2nd Annual event and families and friends used it as a way of getting a little exercise before the New Year. This year we are hoping to get more people out to enjoy the 2.5km loop along the majestic Bow River. I've put a call in for slightly warmer weather. The last two years it's been -32C so any improvement would help. The aid station is provided by Pat Palette Pleasers so runners can expect hot chocolate and cookies to keep them going. For the young and young at heart there are bouncy castles.

Registration is on the day and is a donation to Right To Play at the table in the foyer. A final thought; in life it's not about doing a lot, it's about doing something.

Quote of the Day

"Jogging is very beneficial. It's good for your legs and feet. It's also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed."

Charles Schulz, Peanuts

Marathon #250 on December 31st 2010. Making the ground feel good.

3rd Annual MQ250 Run / Walk

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