We are continuing to highlight our athletes, and this week we are getting to know para ice hockey athlete Micah Kovacevich!
How long have you been playing para ice hockey?
I have been playing para hockey since I was 10, so 12 years now.
How did you start playing your current sport?
I’d always enjoyed watching hockey and playing mini sticks against my brother’s and dad growing up. One night my dad was playing at Donnan arena a local rink in Edmonton and saw the PSA para hockey program on the ice (called sledge hockey at the time) later came home ecstatic and signed me up. The following week I started and instantly fell in love with the sport.
What is your favourite sports memory?
My favorite sports memory would have to be my first goal for the National team in my first game at the Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup in London Ontario versus Korea. It was a incredible feeling and I’m looking forward to having even better moments in the future.
What do adaptive sports mean to you?
Adaptive sports have always been a great opportunity for me get active and has always given me something to strive towards.
What are your future goals?
I’m working towards being able to represent my country at the world championships next year and ultimately at the Paralympics in Beijing in 2022 and the goal is to win gold.
What would you say to someone who is looking to get into wheelchair sports but is nervous to try?
It’s hard to put yourself out there at first but once you do and find something you love all the memories and experiences along with friendships you’ll have are so rewarding. As well as all the lessons it’ll teach you if you choose to work hard at it.