One of my earliest school memories was the field trips to the local ice rink where my classmates would spend the day skating. I was allowed on the ice in my wheelchair. As much as I enjoyed being pushed around on the ice, despite being included I still felt vastly different.
I was then offered the chance to go on the ice with a walker and my boots the closest thing to skating the way that my peers do, that I could get. I have to say, I didn’t like it.
Another option available to me was a sledge. It is the equipment used by the paralympic hockey team. And although it allows people with good upper body strength freedom on the ice, I didn’t like it. I felt I couldn’t get going as fast as I would of liked.