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BLOCK Kieran
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age33
Place of BirthEdmonton, CAN
Height1.75 m
Weight 85 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Motivational Speaker, Teacher
Languages
English
Higher education
Education - University of Alberta: Edmonton, AB, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried ice sledge hockey in 2010.
Why this sport?
During rehabilitation after his accident he reconnected with his childhood friend Matt Cook, who was a member of the national ice sledge hockey team. He persuaded him to try the sport. A few months later Cook died of cancer and at his funeral Block met some of his national teammates and was inspired to join Edmonton Impact. "I knew it was a sport for disabled people, and I was afraid of that stereotype. I didn't want people to view me as someone who was disabled. I resisted in the beginning, but once I started playing I realised it was a lot of fun."
Name of coach
Ken Babey [national], CAN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Canada
Opponent
Japan
Tournament
International Tournament
Location
Calgary, AB
General Interest
Most influential person in career
Canadian ice sledge hockey player Matt Cook. (edmontonexaminer.com, 23 Jan 2013; tigershockey.com, 28 Oct 2011)
Injuries
He was unable to participate in the national team selection camp in 2015 because of injury. (hockeycanada.ca, 25 Sep 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." [Mahatma Gandhi] (motivatecanada.ca, 08 Nov 2012)
Other sports
Before his accident he played ice hockey for Medicine Hat Tigers in the Western Hockey League [WHL] in Canada. (motivatecanada.ca, 03 Nov 2012)
Impairment
In 2007 he was cliff jumping in Jasper, AB, Canada, when he landed from more than nine metres in a shallow spot, hitting rocks and sand. He broke bones in both of his legs, an ankle and a heel, which led to two major operations. He was able to walk without support after a year, but was told by doctors that he would not be able to run or ice skate again. (motivatecanada.ca, 10 Jun 2013; hockeycanada.ca, 26 Nov 2011)
Other information
SHIRT NUMBER
He wears the number 23 jersey, the same number worn by his friend and Canadian ice sledge hockey player Matt Cook who died of cancer in 2010. "He kept pushing and pushing, and said with my ability I'd be great for the sport. Every time I see that number it makes me think of him. It's a cool connection that we had." (edmontonexaminer.com, 23 Jan 2013; tigershockey.com, 28 Oct 2011)

COACH
He has served as an associate coach for the Alberta provincial ice sledge hockey team in Canada. (abwheelchairsport.ca, 04 Nov 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
3 2012 Team  
2 2015 Team