Para ice hockey (formerly known as sledge hockey) is a sport that allows athletes with a physical disability in the lower body to play ice hockey. While for non-disabled hockey players the physical exertion starts on the ice, Para ice hockey players have to accomplish a number of physically demanding tasks long before they get to the ice. Even just carrying the sledge and approximately fifteen kilos of accessories on the wheelchair before and after each practice or match is very exhausting. Additionally, access to the ice is not barrier-free in many ice hockey stadiums in the Czech Republic, so it takes a lot of strength. Despite the unpleasant fate these athletes have been confronted with, these heroes of Para ice hockey show others that this sport enables them to live their lives to the fullest and to surpass themselves and their limitations.
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