Port Colborne receives award for Sledge Hockey support

Photo submitted The City of Port Colborne’s Marketing & Communications Coordinator Michelle Cuthbert and Mayor John Maloney with the first annual Annual Jean Lane Award presented to the city for going ‘above and beyond” in its support of Women’s Sledge Hockey of Canada.

The City of Port Colborne received an inaugural award at the Women’s Sledge Hockey of Canada’s annual general meeting the last weekend of August.

“At the Women’s Sledge Hockey of Canada’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday, August 26, 2017 in Newmarket, ON, Christina Picton, member of the National Sledge Hockey Team, presented the City of Port Colborne with the First Annual Jean Lane Award. Bryan Theal, Event & Sport Coordinator, and Michelle Cuthbert, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of the City,” a press release from the City of Port Colborne said.

According to the press release the award is presented to an organization that has gone “above and beyond to support Women’s Sledge Hockey of Canada.”

It is named after Jean Lane of Medicine Hat, AB. who created SHIP (Sledge Hockey and Ice Picking), part of a group who brought the sport the rest of Canada.

“Since the opening of the Vale Health & Wellness Centre in February of 2013 the City has worked to promote the game of Sledge Hockey and Skatability,” the release said.  “In 2015 the City was the successful recipient of the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund Grant that allowed for the purchase 12 sleds that are housed at the VHWC for anyone to try the sport.”

“The grant also resulted in the City creating a ‘Learn to Sledge Program’, instructed by National Team member Christina Picton, that runs for 10 weeks in the Fall and 8 weeks in the Winter. Registration for the next session (starting Thursday, October 10 at 7:30 pm on Rink 2) opens on Thursday, September 7,
2017,” the release said.

The Niagara Thunder Blades call the Vale Health and Wellness Centre home and it has hosted a variety of training camps and coaching clinics for Women’s Sledge Hockey of Canada.

To learn more about Women’s Sledge Hockey of Canada, visit: https://www.canadianwomensledgehockey.com/

To learn more about Sledge Hockey & Skatability opportunities at the Vale Health & Wellness Centre in Port Colborne, visit: http://portcolborne.ca/page/online_port , call 905-835-2901 ext. 535 or
email communityservices@portcolborne.ca.



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