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Thea Hill's Canada sledge hockey team travel costs
$450 raised
9% of $5k goal
8 contributors
2 Years running
I'm a single leg amputee and a member of the Canadian women's sledge hockey team. Currently the men's team is fully funded, but the women must cover their own travel expenses. I'm on maternity leave and need assistance with the cost of flights.

My name is Thea Hill and I was born with a condition called proximal femoral focal deficiency. Basically, I was born without a thigh bone; my hip and knee joints were fused together, making my left leg half the length of my right. They amputated my foot shortly after birth so that I could wear standard artificial legs.

I never let my leg slow me down, though. I'm a teacher, mother of two, and international level sledge hockey player, having recently made the Canadian women's team. I'm beyond excited to compete with these ladies against other nations, and hopefully in the Paralympics in 2022.

That's where you guys come in: because the women's game is not a medal sport yet, like the men's side, Hockey Canada is not fully funding us. They provide the jerseys, which is appreciated, and our team has a few private grants and donations to cover accommodations and a few other things, but we still have to get to camps and tournaments on our own. Because most of these events are on the east coast, or Europe, this means serious flying time for me from the west coast. I'm still nursing my 4-month-old, so he comes with me to cheer me on, but it also means I have to bring my mom or another helper to watch him while I'm on the ice.

I'm looking for some help with the cost of our plane tickets and tournament fees. I estimate that I'll need about $5,000 for this season. Anything I get beyond that will go to further seasons.

Anything you guys can do to help out will be much appreciated. Help a girl play for Canada!

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