Joe’s journey to the World Para Ice Hockey Championships

2 October 2018|Sport| Off Comments off on Joe’s journey to the World Para Ice Hockey Championships|

GLENORCHY resident Joe Chivers will make his mark in the sporting world when he represents Australia in the World Para Ice Hockey Championships in November.

Nine-years-ago a skydiving accident left Mr Chivers without full use of his lower body.

But this hasn’t stopped him from continuing to play and coach competitive sport.

Just 12-months-ago, Mr Chivers made the decision to pursue ice hockey, and has now been lucky enough to be selected for the Australian team.

“It was just a matter of taking up all of the opportunities that came my way,” Mr Chivers said.

“I’ve always been heavily into sports my whole life – such as football, basketball, tennis and rowing – but with ice hockey it was all about being in the right space at the right time.

“Once I got the call that I was on the team, I set to work on putting in the effort and training hard, so I could push myself to be the best I could be.”

Mr Chivers said he was honoured to have the opportunity to play for Australia.

“It’s absolutely amazing, I never thought it would happen,” he said.

“It’s the first stepping stone of many hopefully – it’s a stepping off point, it can only go up from here.

“This is just the beginning of my career in ice hockey.”

If Mr Chivers’ team is successful in this year’s World Championships, they will move up to the Level B Championship.

If they reach the Level A Championship, they will have the opportunity to qualify for the 2022 Paralympics in China.

In addition to ice hockey, Mr Chivers also plays wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair footy, wheelchair athletics and power rowing.

Mr Chivers is holding a fundraising night to help cover the costs of travel to Melbourne for training and Finland for the World Championships.

The fundraising night will be held on Saturday 7 October at 7pm at the Glenorchy Ice Skating Rink.

The event will be a night of ice skating, dancing and fun, with an ice hockey ‘long-shot’ contest, a best dressed competition and a lucky door prize.

To donate, visit the fundraising page at www.gofundme.com/HelpJoeRepresentAustralia.

For inquiries, please contact Joe Chivers on 0459 200 688.

Caption: Glenorchy local Joe Chivers will travel to Finland in November to compete for Australia in the World Para Ice Hockey Championships.

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