The Rinks – Poway Ice will host a free sledge hockey clinic on Saturday, July 30
July 29, 2022
The Rink Development Program announced today that San Diego Ducks Sled Hockey will host a Try Sled Hockey Clinic this Saturday, July 30 from 2-3:30 p.m. at THE RINKS – Poway Ice. The clinic will provide attendees of all ages and abilities with free hockey equipment, Ducks-branded jerseys and how-to tips from members of the Ducks Sledge Hockey team.
San Diego Ducks Sled Hockey was founded in 2014 by former United States Marine Corps Captain Sarah Bettencourt, two years after she was forced into retirement due to permanent neurological damage she suffered during his training as a helicopter pilot. After retiring from service, Bettencourt fell in love with sledge hockey and dedicated herself to helping athletes with disabilities learn the sport. Bettencourt is the founder and director of hockey operations, manager of the adult team and captain of the Ducks sled hockey team. The 2016 USA Hockey Disabled Athlete of the Year recipient, Bettencourt represents the United States in multiple sports as co-captain of the 2022 U.S. Para-Surf Team, in addition to being a member of the US women’s sledge hockey team.
Former 21st Duck and Paralympian Lera Doederlein will also be on hand as a coach at the Try Sled Hockey clinic. In 2019, Doederlein was named the 21st Duck by the Anaheim Ducks, an honor given to someone who exemplifies perseverance, character and courage. Born in Russia with a birth defect called arthrogryposis, which affects lower limb mobility, Doederlein opted for surgery in 2017, undergoing bilateral knee disarticulation and becoming a double amputee at the age of 14. Since her surgery, Doederlein has become an elite multi-sport athlete as a member of the USA Women’s Sledge Hockey Team in addition to representing Team USA at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Nordic skiing. and in biathlon.