Local paralympians heading to Sochi games for sledge hockey

Two local sledge hockey athletes are gearing up for the Paralympic games in Sochi.

Before leaving for Russia, Marc Dorion and Ben Delaney took part in an event in Ottawa on Sunday, celebrating Sledge Hockey in the city.

Ben lost part of his leg to cancer when he was 12-years-old. At 17, he's the youngest member of the team.

In an interview with CTV Ottawa, Ben said, "I'm so excited; I think we have a really good team. I'm confident that if we play our A-game, we're going to be the best and we're going to win the gold."

Ben's father also played at the event on Sunday where their team faced off against members of Ottawa's fire, police and paramedic services. Anthony Delaney has full use of his legs but took up the sport in solidarity with son.

Anthony said, "It's great to be able to play with your kid. Not too many people get to do that."

This will be the third Olympic games for 26-year-old Marc Dorion, who was born with Spina Bifida leaving his legs paralyzed. Marc has been playing sledge hockey since he was 4-years-old.

Marc told CTV Ottawa, "I've been with the national team for 11 years, it never gets old. I still get goosebumps when I lift that jersey over my head. The sense of pride I have for my country, for competing for my country and doing what we do, is just absolutely unbelievable."

A Canadian flag with words of encouragement is being sent to the team in Russia as they get ready to represent Canada.

The Paralympic Games run from March 7th-16th.

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