Kevin’s story is all about hard work and perseverance, which culminated in winning three gold medals since joining the men’s national sledge hockey team. Kevin’s achievements include winning a gold medal for Canada at the 2013 World Championships and a bronze medal at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Kevin has a passion for public speaking, and once he retires from competition, he plans to write a book about his experiences, both on and off the ice.
- Gold – 2013 World Championships
- Bronze – 2012 World Championships
- Gold – 2012 Japan 4 Nations Tournament
- Gold – 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge
- Silver – 2010 Japan 4 Nations Tournament
- Gold – 2010 World Sledge Hockey Challenge
Tips from Kevin:
1. Know your limits: Sometimes we can get ahead of ourselves and try to do too much. It’s important to know what you’re capable of and set realistic goals. Choose the 5k, 15k, or 25k based on what you want to do. Not what you think you should do. Once you’ve reached one goal, then set the bar higher.
2. Make sure you stretch: One of the biggest keys to injury prevention is to warm up with some light exercises and stretch before taking off. Take a couple minutes before your run to warm up, or you could be on the sidelines for longer than just a water break.
3. Hydrate: One of the biggest keys here is to make sure you are drinking water well in advance of your run. Your body will become fatigued quicker if you haven’t already got a good fluid intake in your system. Drinking on the day of your run is to keep your body where it needs to be. Not play catch up.
4. Eat proper foods to keep you going: There’s no secret of what is obviously good or bad for you. We can all make informed decisions on what’s good for athletics. Eating a balanced meal before you exercise will keep your energy levels up and allow you do perform at your best. Find some protein (chicken or fish), slow burning carbs (rice, pasta, or sweet potatoes), and a vegetable mix is my favourite dish on game days.