Sledge Hockey Accessibility: Design Guidelines for Arenas
SLEDGE HOCKEY is the Paralympic version of hockey and, since its debut on the Paralympic program at the 1994 Lillehammer Paralympic Winter Games, it has become one of the biggest attractions for spectators at the Paralympic Winter Games. It is fast-paced, highly physical and played by athletes with a physical disability in the lower part of the body. (Hockey Canada)
With the sport of sledge hockey growing in popularity across Canada and the fact that it is a wholly inclusive sport enjoyed equally by males and females, building owners are encouraged to evaluate their existing buildings to accommodate such programming. This would include accessibility, adaptability of current structure and any fnancial implications for modifcations.
The following guide is intended for building owners and managers wishing to accommodate the sport of Sledge Hockey. It is not a standard but rather a resource tool to help evaluate existing systems and to guide future construction.