- March 13, 2018
- Posted by: Stephen Hannon
- Category: News
Lena Schroeder has become the first female sledge hockey player at the Paralympic Games.
The 24-year-old made her debut for Norway against Sweden on Tuesday.
While it is technically a mixed sport, Schroeder is the only woman out of 135 players in PyeongChang.
Schroeder’s female hockey wish
Schroeder says “it’s normal” for her to play with the men, but hopes to see the women’s game grow.
She plays in an all-Europe female team but says the level needs to improve.
“It gives me a lot just to see that the sport is developing for women as well.
“I think at this point there at not that many national teams for women but I do hope there’s more after a while.
“Of course, the goal is to have a female tournament as well in the Paralympics.”
Norway arrived in Korea hoping to improve on fourth place at Sochi 2014.
But a surprise opening defeat to Italy wrecked their medal chances.
An 8-0 loss to group favourites Canada sealed their fate.
Schroeder sat out the opening two games but took to the ice in their final group game against Sweden.
And a 3-1 win over their Scandinavian rivals gives Norway confidence as they bid for fifth place.