Mansfield Woodhouse sledge hockey star wins bronze medal

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AN AMPUTEE from Mansfield Woodhouse is a step closer to the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games after bagging a bronze at the World Championships.

Chad reported how Gary Farmer was representing Great Britain at the Sledge Hockey Pool-B World Championships in Japan.

After narrow defeat by Germany, the GB team went up against Estonia in the bronze medal match and a victory secured entry to the qualification tournament for the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.

The next stage of the process will see them compete with the top sides in the world.

Red Geddes, GB Team Manager, said: “I have seen the GB Squad develop over the last few years and they have gone from a group of individual players to a well organised team unit. I view them as my family I am immensely proud of what they have achieved.”

Gary (28), who lost a leg in a car crash when he was five, plays domestically for the Peterborough Phantoms.

The sport, usually played by double amputees, is very similar to Ice Hockey but players use a sledge and two sticks.

Gary was fast-tracked into the national side after showing potential at a young age.

Sledge hockey was first introduced into Great Britain in 1981 and the British Sledge Hockey Association (BSHA) was formed in 1995.