2015 Sledge Hockey Challenge

 
 
ROTARY CONNECTS
It was all fundraising, fun & fellowship at it’s finest on Sunday March 1st at the Des Newman Sports Complex with a showing of Rotarians from Whitby’s 2 Clubs as well as members from the newly formed Brooklin Satellite Club.
The Steelhawks Sledge Hockey team led the way in making available their ice, equipment, team members and supporters for our friendly competition.
The Rotary Clubs provided $1000 (each) + volunteers to help make the day a success. Additional funding came from the 3 on 3 tournament with 6 teams vying for bragging rights, which were quickly claimed by all.
James Titmarsh and Jeremy Booker of the Steelhawks were on hand to oversee the event and share some tips about Sledge Hockey, a very different activity where you are strapped in to a sled with blades and a “bucket” seat and using exclusively upper body to negotiate the ice, handle the puck, and avoid being run over by Ray Richardson. (Feel the burn?)
This is the 3rd year for this successful event organized by Michael Finigan of Pursuit Training, with amazing support from the ever energized Yvonne Brady of the Whitby Rotary Sunrise Club,  Ray Richardson of the Whitby Rotary, and Tracie Lalonde of the Brooklin Rotary Satellite Club
The event was the most successful so far, having attracted many participants, players, supporters, and volunteers to showcase the Steelhawks, raising awareness and funds in support of Sledge Hockey, a sport that is played by athletes of all abilities.
The gang met at The Royal Oak South to enjoy excellent hospitality and to conclude the event with a 50/50 draw won by always present Kathy Beattie, who generously returned it to the cause, and silent auction where Dave Comery made the winning bid purchasing a signed jersey by Gary Roberts.
There was clearly fun had by all and a check presentation of $3000 to the Steelhawks. Look for the next event and join in!