Canada’s National Sledge Hockey Team, the 2006 Paralympic and 2007 World Sledge Hockey Challenge gold medalists, have been chosen by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) as the 2007 Paralympic Sport Award winner for Best Team Performance.
The award recognizes Canada’s gold medal performance at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy, the country’s first sledge hockey gold at the Paralympics. After finishing out of the medals four years earlier in Salt Lake City, Canada took home gold from Turin following a 3-0 win over Norway in the gold medal game.
"It's definitely an honour, said Todd Nicholson, who captained the 2006 team. “The gold (in Turin) was, for a couple players, like me, a long time coming. We had a great team on and off the ice in Turin, with the coaching and support staff playing a large role in our success."
The team will accept its award at the IPC Awards Gala, held as part of the 2007 IPC General Assembly, on November 24 in Seoul, South Korea.
The IPC is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the international federation for 11 sports, for which it supervises and