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Sledge Hockey in Bridgewater Generates International Attention

Government of Canada invests to prepare Lunenburg County to host 2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge

Bridgewater, N.S. - Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

The eyes of the world are trained on Bridgewater as high-performance sledge hockey players from Canada, the United States, Russia and Korea get ready to take to the ice this weekend for the Bronze and Gold Medal matches of Hockey Canada’s 2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge.

Today, the Government of Canada announced a contribution of $45,000 to assist Events Lunenburg County Society (ELC) in hosting the event, and helping solidify Lunenburg County’s reputation as a destination of choice for similar high calibre, international events.

The sport of sledge hockey is an innovative team sport that incorporates the same rules and discipline structure as hockey, and was invented by three Swedish wheelchair athletes on a frozen lake in Stockholm in 1961.

ACOA’s investment supports facility rental fees and team transportation costs for the Challenge; facility upgrades and equipment purchases; and local, national and international event marketing initiatives. Event promotion will showcase Lunenburg County's accessible facilities, as well as key assets and strengths as a host community to an international audience.

The Government of Canada contribution is provided through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund. An additional $14,000 is being collectively invested by towns and municipalities of Lunenburg County (The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg; the Town of Bridgewater; the Municipality of the District of Chester; the Town of Lunenburg and the Town of Mahone Bay), and is being supplemented by a total of $108,500 in additional community and corporate support.

Quick Facts:

  • Infrastructure investments are a proven, effective means of boosting economic activity and enhancing the quality of life for Canadian families.
  • Bridgewater is the largest town in the South Shore region.
  • The 2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge takes place January 16-23 at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre in Bridgewater.
  • ELC is a non-profit organization that works to promote Lunenburg County as an event and meeting destination, to identify and attract potential meetings and events, and to support community and regional partners in hosting these events.


“The Government of Canada is proud to support the 2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Bridgewater. This investment not only allows spectators to enjoy this fast-paced and highly-physical sport up close, it helps to build international awareness of all that Lunenburg County has to offer as a destination of choice for similar signature events.”

-       The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister Responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

“An investment in infrastructure, equipment and marketing such as this strengthens Lunenburg County’s capacity to host other large-scale national and international events. This project builds on this region’s many existing assets and creates new opportunities and tangible benefits for our businesses and our communities.”

-       Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret’s

“Lunenburg County’s growing capacity to host large-scale events creates incredible opportunities from both an economic development perspective as well as a community development standpoint.  A dedicated group of volunteers make events possible and enjoyable for the community at large.  The impact on our community of world events creates a long lasting legacy.” 

-        Kevin Benjamin, Co-Chair of the 2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge Host Organizing Committee and General Manager of the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre

Associated Links:

-       Events Lunenburg County
-       2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge
-       Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre


Alex Smith
Director of Communications and Outreach
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
(902) 426-9417
(902) 830-3839

Bernice Theriault
Program Support
2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge
(902) 521-6046

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