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  1. Hi Pippa, I'm not sure if you'll spot this post seeing as it's a couple of months after the last one. Anyway, i've been an amp for 45 years and, untill i became a prosthetic technician, i allways had a wooden leg with a cuff strap and did everything on it including horse riding, water sking(rotted the leg though), roller blading, ice skating, and more and the foot i had is the cheapest on the market the good old SACH foot, cheap and nasty, the only movement is a little in the toe and a bit of give in the heel. When i wanted to ski(never done it before) i went with friends who were able bodied and got the same hire stuff they got then off for some lessons. I couldn't snow plow because the prosthesis wanted to go off on its own but found if i put both feet together i could turn and stop quite easily. Once i informed the instructor of my problem she put me directly into the advanced school and within 2 days i was sking all the intermediate runs on the mountain. Interestingly, when i became a technician prosthetic companies like Otto Bock, Freedom, Osser, Flex Foot, gave me thier Dynamic feet for free to try out and give them feed back(knowing, of course that patients would be influenced by what i advice i gave). At the moment i have a College Park Venture foot and wouldn't walk in anything else, i also have a Flex Foot, and a Freedom Renegade which is brilliant if you want to run or play running sports like basket ball. Very dynamic feet which, the more you load, the more they feed back to you, but you've got to be fit. Anyway, the point i'm getting to is all this high end dynamic stuff that costs thousands will be useless to you for skiing or skating because i've tried them all and the old SACH foot wins hands down. All you need is a leg set up to how you walk normally with the SACH foot(Medium Density). Your flexion problems with the limb digging into the back of your knee shouldn't happen, it means the trim lines on your socket are too high or there's bunching of socks or liners going on. Get your prosthetist to cut the Damn thing down. I ride bikes, i'm BK, and stand on the pegs like any ablebodied person does, no gadgets, flexion shouldn't be an issue. All this stuff is about attitude and determination. I've allways believed that i can do what any ablebodied person can do and never looked for gadgets, the old wooden leg never let me down and after 35 years it is still servicable and fits like a glove. So get you prosthetist to make you a ski leg set to normal walk with medium SACH foot and kneel on the floor infront of him untill he gets your trim lines right. Good Luck PIppa, REN.
  2. Ren

    Ice Hockey

    I hear you Cheryl, Overcoming the loss of a limb is hard enough, but combating any sport is inspirational to any Amputee, and yes the rivalry between England and Australia has been an on going thing for the last 100 years. They are called Pommy's by us and they call us diggers and probably other names too but all in all its friendly rivalry. REN.
  3. Ren

    Ice Hockey

    Hi Guy's, The crazy Aussie here again. My first post was a little over the top now i've read it again, but the famous rivalry between the Pomms and Aussies was the motive behind it really. We've allways done the sledging between us over the cricket, rugby, and any other sport but its allways been a healthy bit of fun so i figured i'd stir you guy's up a little and maybe get some of you motivated into playing a sport i love. By the way, i love the contact and full on body checks but i dont make the rules and there are some people who wouldn't play if there was full contact. Us Aussies do the pommy bashing with words(only joking, lighten up). My main disapointment is i know ice hockey is played in England and i'll be playing on a World team in Montreal. Our team Roster is made up of 6 Canadians, 6 Russians, 5 Czechs, 1 Italian, 1 Israely, 1 Finland and 2 Aussies. No one representing England, which used to be my homeland(i lived in Stockwell). Anyway, forget the first post which was mainly me stiring you guy's up and try and get a team going, you have fun. REN.
  4. Ren

    Ice Hockey

    Sorry Madleggs, but i think you've miss-understood the comment i was making. I have nothing against sled hockey and it was offered to me many years ago but i refuse to play a sport strapped to a sled when i can do it standing up (my preference), and most of the standing ice hockey players come from sled hockey. What you have to understand is, i wanted to speed skate against other amputees and the Australian paralympic committee said i was the only person they knew that could do it, which i didn't believe, so i contacted the International Paralympic committee and they said there are not enough countries in the world that can put foreward competitors to hold skating events. That means there are others who can skate but there are a lot more who can ski, play sled hockey, or run or ride bikes, therefore it stands to reason that skating is a harder dicipline to conquer. My comments are based on fact because i've tried all the other diciplines, 5 min to learn how to run, 2 days to ski all intermediate runs, 10 min to ride a bike, 2 years of pain to be a reasonable inline hockey player, and now 3 months on the ice and still trying to adjust and learn after spending at least 8 hours a week skating. There's over 300000 amputees in Australia and only 2 can play ice hockey in the standing position. There is probably more Amputees in the U.K. and i've posted stuff on a few websites to find others who can do it or have tried to no avail. In Australia we've tried for 4 years and offered to supply gear to no avail. Don't you think its safe to say that skating is the hardest dicipline for an amputee to overcome if very few have been able to conquer it? The point i wanted to make was for athletes to set themselves a higher challenge and try it. I know an paralympic runner who was rated number 4 in the world at one stage but cant skate to save his life and said it was too hard when i asked him to come and play hockey. Good luck with your sled hockey but i'll hang out for standing hockey being introduced at the 2014 winter paralympics and maybe i'll see you there. REN.
  5. Ren

    Ice Hockey

    Hi Mate, do i call you oneblueleg? No video's i'm afraid, that i know of. ISIHF have a web site but its very junior at the moment and hopefully after the world championships they will put some pictures and video's up. The Canadian team is made up of mainly arm Amputees and those players that didn't get selected for thier main team have jumped onto the world team, thats why we have some Russians, Czechs and Canadians with us. The Amputee Ice Hockey is non contact so its not as full on as what you see in NHL plus each player has to have a number on his or her helmet to signify the degree of amputation. The most accumalitive numbers on players helmets any team can have on the ice at one time is 15. For eg:- An Arm Amputee is 3 points - below knee, like me is 2 points - above knee is 1 point so in effect a team could have more players on the rink than another team. The Canadians as i said are nearly all arm amps so the most players, besides a goalie, they can have is the usual 5 (each player with 3 on the helmet = 15). Another team could have 2 arm amps, 3 below knee, and 3 above knee = 15 points but 8 players. Obviously players with 2 good legs will be quicker and be able to turn and stop better than a leg amp so this evens things a little. Having said that, the Canadians win just about all their games but i've heard they have 300 amputees to chose from so to get on their team you have to try out for selection. The beauty of being English or Australian is there aren't enough amputees who can skate so selection isn't an issue and it doesn't matter if your male, female, old(like me) or just learning everything about ice hockey, jump on the ice and your in the team. Hope i've given some incite into the sport but this sport will take amputee abilities to another level. REN.
  6. Ren

    Ice Hockey

    Hi All, My name is Ren, i'm 62, have been a below knee Amp for 45 years. I've played golf at St Andrews, walked the course and carried my own bag. I owned and trained two Quarter Horses and showed them at variuos western events in Australia. For 8 years i have played inline Hockey(on rollerblades) to 'b' grade level. The past 3 months i have converted to ice hockey because i have been invited to play on a world team in the Standing Ice Hockey World Championships to be held in Montreal Canada at the end of April 2010. In Australia there are only 2 of us who can play ice hockey and we have tried for 4 years to get other Amputees, especially young guy's and girls to try it. Unfortunately its the hardest dicipline to overcome thats why there are no ice events at the winter paralympics except for sledge hockey(wheel chair stuff) and wheel chair curling. It took me 2 days, on an old wooden leg, to learn how to ski all the blue runs on the mountain with normal skis and stocks, no gimics or gadgets. TOO EASY no challenge, thats why i took up the hockey. Unfortunately the only competitors i had were able bodied but when they trained i did it double time. I contacted the international paralympic committee to ask about speed skating but not enough countries can field skaters and now the "International Standing Ice Hockey Federation"- ISIHF- want standing ice hockey introduced at the 2014 winter paralympics but we need more countries to get involved or more young Amputees to at least give it a try. In 2014 i'll be 66 and if Australia manage to get a team together i'll be on it kicking some sorry arses. If anyone out there wants to give it a go pad up because like me your gonna fall a lot and it will hurt but if you've got as much guts and determination as i have you'll overcome it. Standing ice hockey is not easy like skiing or running or bike riding or riding a horse and thats why so few of us can do it. Come and join the elite few around the world and get together an English ice hockey team and we'll keep trying to get an Australian team up and we'll see you in 2014. If a 62 year old man can do it, all you young amputees, especially the ones who think they're athletic, should set yourselves a real challenge and jump on the ice. Take it easy Guy's, and my motto is - SPEEDS YOUR FRIEND. REN.