This past month, while playing net at a game, one of her teammate’s Sami Jo ( former Gold Olympic winner) was impressed by Joanne’s goalie skills, and happened to notice that she was using a cane, Sami Jo ask Joanne if she had every played Sledge Hockey. Of Course Joanne said no. Little did Joanne know, but three days later she was invited to try out for the “Canadian National Women's Sledge Hockey Team” . Honoured and on a high, feeling so grateful for this opportunity, there was one problem , Joanne’s regular goalie hockey equipment is not the same and would not work for Sledge hockey. Lucky for Joanne , Sami Jo's Husband Billy Bridges (4 time Para Olympic Gold medal winner on the Canadian Mens Sledge hockey team) arranged to lend her equipment . Joanne’s excellent goalie skills, impressed the coaches and players and Joanne has been invited back to participate in the upcoming camps. What an incredible and priceless experience Joanne has been given.
Joanne is now 57 years old , Single, a Mother of 3 and Grandmother to 1. Her life has not been easy, unfortunately with her sickness and disability, she has been unable to work and is now on a government assisted plan which doesn't allow for her to be able buy a lot of extras. Participating at the camps of the would mean Joanne having to have a specially designed Sledge , modified skates, modified hockey pads and Stick. All this costing in the range of $2000.00 plus. To attend team camps she would have to pay minium of $150.
As I mentioned before, Joanne is an inspiration, and I am honoured to be friends with her. With a little help from all her friends, family and fellow hockey players, lets help her get Money together to have her represent our Country “Canada “ in sledge Hockey.
Go Joanne Go !
- Chris Herbert
- Cathy Duddeck
- Sarah Hurst
- Chandra Guilday
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