What is Powerchair Hockey?
Powerchair Hockey is a modified version of Ice Hockey and Floorball for powerchair users. It is commonly known as “Power Hockey”. The sport is played on an indoor basketball court. There are two teams of five players.
Using a light-weight floorball, players must shoot the ball on the ground through goals, defended by a keeper. Players can either use a physical hand-held stick, or a T-stick attached to the front of their guard. The court itself is surrounded by a rink, players can use to deflect and move the ball at pace.
The game was birthed in Europe by accident in the 1970’s when schools began offering sports lessons to students in wheelchairs. Inspired by able-bodied hockey, the students picked up sticks and started hitting a light, plastic ball. Soon this recreational activity became institutionalised and is now an official international sport.
The governing national body for electric wheelchair hockey is the Australian Powerchair Hockey Association. They are responsible for Australia’s participation in international competitions. Australia first competed in the 2004 World Cup Hockey Competition, in Helsinki. The Australian team was ranked 8th at the 2014 Electric Wheelchair Championship held in Munich, Germany. The game is gaining international recognition and a growing network of athletes and fans. Powerchair Hockey became the National form of electric wheelchair Hockey at National Electric Wheelchair Sports (N.E.W.S) in 2018.
Powerchair Hockey is played throughout both of our competitions in summer and winter. During summer, Powerchair Hockey is played alongside our other two sports in the Victorian Powerchair Sports League (VPSL). This competititon runs from November to April and leads into National Electric Wheelchair Sports (NEWS). This competition features the Dragons and Scorpions who battle it out each round and then go head-to-head in our annual Pride Cup event.
In winter, the Melbourne Ducks and Melbourne Hunters compete in the Powerchair Hockey Premier League competition. This competition starts in May and concluded in October and leads into the Club Championships hosted in Sydney.
If you want to learn how to play Powerchair Hockey, come along to a Sunday afternoon round at the Aquahub in Croydon, from 1pm. We welcome all ages, genders and skill level – all you need to bring is your enthusiasm!
If you are interested in trying Powerchair Hockey for the first time or would like more information about Powerchair Hockey, from local competitions to national competitions, contact Luke David at firstname.lastname@example.org
Video Gallery from IPCH Powerchair Hockey Youtube channel.