Congratulations to Laurie Wood, a Cape Henry QA Analyst and a second-season member of the USA Women’s Sled Hockey Team! Sled hockey, an adaptive form of ice hockey, has been growing in popularity across the world since its creation in the 1960s. This year’s tryouts were the most competitive and largest in the team’s history after the team won Gold in last year’s inaugural International Paralympic Committee World Cup.
Laurie is no stranger to the ice, having played sled hockey for more than two years almost immediately after leaving the hospital. She is also a member of the USA Warriors, a team comprised of disabled veterans, and the Virginia Beach Hockey Club Sled Team. To prepare for national tryouts, Laurie built her endurance, strength, and balance by cross-training with kayaking/paracanoeing and weight-lifting, and practiced skills by shooting against the side of her house.
Laurie looks forward to being part of the national team for the second season because “wearing and representing the red, white, and blue again is an incredible feeling. It’s being a part of something bigger than yourself. It’s an opportunity to be a role model to other women and girls who have a disability and being able to show them that they can do this too.”