Volt Hockey, Toronto


– [Voiceover] This is an
AMI This Week Short Cut. – [Voiceover] I’m Kelly
MacDonald for Accessible Media in Toronto. Volt Hockey has
arrived in Canada. And 11-year-old Bhavjeet Sandhu and his father Harjeet
couldn’t be more excited. – My favorite part of
playing volt hockey is that you can go fast and
hit the ball and the goal. – He loves it actually. He was seeing his
aunt and uncle. They also came from
Brampton for this launch. And he’s very excited,
and he enjoys this game. – [Voiceover] But exactly
what is volt hockey? Allan Johansen of UB-let,
the Danish company that designed and manufactures
the specialized wheelchair used to play, was able
to break it down for me. – The chair is made
out of molded wood and is very low to the ground, so it looks like a go-cart
or a slash bumper car. And it has three wheels, and the two wheels in
front have a motor on it. So there’s a motor
on each wheel. So you drive the
chair with a joystick. And in front of
the wooden frame, you have a plastic paddle,
or the hockey stick. And in order to shoot the ball, since the stick is
mounted on the chair, you have to turn the
chair to shoot the ball. – [Voiceover] Created
in Denmark in the 1990s as a way to get children
with physical disabilities and limited upper body strength
involved in team sports, volt hockey is played
three on three, with a goalie patrolling
each side’s net. For the Sandhus, it’s that team dynamic
they find most appealing. – It’s a big thing for me, yeah. Because you can play with your
teammates and pass to them, and then you can make the goal. – It’s beautiful, you know. We all have this kind of a dream that we want our
kids to play sports. And for Bhavjeet, he used
to play when he was little, but slowly and slowly, because
of his progressive disease, he couldn’t play
the team sports. So it’s great to see
him back on the floor, and then enjoy
with his teammates. – [Voiceover] The Royal Danish
Consulate General in Toronto is responsible for bringing
this fast-paced game to our country. They paired with Variety Village to raise enough money
to buy 10 chairs and get the Wiffle ball rolling. And Niels Boel Abrahamsen, the
Danish ambassador to Canada, was very proud his
nation was able to add to the fabric of our game. – Because Canada is
the land of hockey, we thought it was obvious to
bring this sport to Canada. I mean I was just so
grateful that Denmark can contribute to the
development of hockey in Canada and giving disabled kids
a chance to join in. – [Voiceover] Paul
Rosen, Canadian
Paralympic Sledge Hockey gold medalist, was on hand for the launch at
Variety Village. Seeing the game in
action, Rosen was struck by the adaptability of hockey. – It’s just excelled from when
I lost my leg back in 1999 to many forms of hockey. It’s not just putting skates on and getting on the
ice and skating. It’s sled hockey, it’s volt
hockey, it’s wheelchair hockey. There’s so many aspects
of the game of hockey that until you actually do it, you don’t realize, “Hey,
everybody can play.” And they can all
play at their level. – [Voiceover] Volt
hockey is only available at Variety Village in Toronto. But there are plans for
it to expand to Ottawa and London, Ontario this year. For now, though, Bhavjeet’s
just happy to have a sport that he can call his own. – There’s a game for me that
I can participate in and play. – [Voiceover] For
Accessible Media in Toronto, I’m Kelly MacDonald.

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