In a recent poll I ran on Twitter, you wonderful people asked us to cover more sledge hockey.
Now, I would be quite happy to do that. Before I left one of my previous writing gigs, I was determined to give full coverage of the Sheffield Steelkings, but that never really came to pass as I departed before their first season started.
Indeed, there’s also plenty for me to cover on the international stage. The world Para Ice Hockey championships are coming up next month, a 10-day even in which seven teams will compete to be the best in the world, in a test-run for the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyongchang. Our own Paul will be there, and will bring you some sort of writing goodness from it.
The international game is well covered, especially in terms of other para sports, many of which can’t get a look in.
The problem lies domestically.
We have a league in the UK. Five teams play during the hockey off-season, and it is reasonably well attended. But there’s very little online presence to the game. You have to follow the teams on Twitter if you want to know anything, because there’s never anything put out about them.
Elsewhere? I have no idea.
I have no idea if there are Canadian or American domestic leagues, because if there are, there’s no information to be found on the first five pages of a Google search. Put sledge hockey leagues into your search engine of choice and you’ll find loads of information about the sport – how it’s played, the kind of people who play it, information about international championships and the Olympics, but nothing about local teams or leagues.
Are there domestic competitions elsewhere? Why isn’t the information out there?
It might seem easy to say behind a keyboard but if you’re a minority sport that relies on sponsorship and donations, you might want to make yourselves a bit more well known.
That’s where we’d like to come in.
We want to cover sledge hockey. As a game to watch, as an example of exceptional effort in the face of adversity, it is unbeatable. I’ve been to one game live, and watched many more online, and you will be hard pushed to find a sport I enjoy more. We want to put word out.
But we can’t if we don’t know where to look.
So, if you’re involved with a team, at any level, of any gender identification, of any age, get in touch with us. Tell us who you are, what you’re about, where people can go to see you play. Then, keep us up to date with how you get on throughout your season. We’ll tell the world, you tell us.
How to do that
Check our about page – you can find the link at the top of the page. Similarly, follow the blog, myself or Paul on Twitter and hit us up there. We want you involved, we want to cover you. Free publicity.