|Born|| May 23 1972,|
|Pro Career||2004 – 2011|
Matthew "Matt" Lloyd (born 23 May 1972) is a British paralympian who was born with spina bifida and two club feet. He has competed in Ice sledge hockey at the 2006 Winter Paralympics, in Sitting volleyball at the 2007 European Championships, and is credited with inventing the sport of Inline sledge hockey. He was born in Crawley, West Sussex and later resided in Hollym, East Riding of Yorkshire. He is now chairman of the British Sledge Hockey Association.
In 2004 Lloyd took up the sport of Ice sledge hockey (a variant of Ice hockey and a Paralympic sport) playing for the Kingston Kestrels Sledge hockey team. Lloyd was asked to train with the British Paralympic team early in 2005. In November 2005 Lloyd made his international debut as back-up goal keeper against Italy in the Paralympic Qualifiers in Turin, Italy. Lloyd represented Great Britain at the 2006 Winter Paralympics in Turin , the 2009 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships  and the 2011 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey European Championships.
Inline sledge hockey Edit
In October 2005 Lloyd became chairperson of the British Sledge Hockey Association. Despite a British team competing in the 2006 Winter Paralympics, it was apparent that Ice sledge hockey was on the decline in the United Kingdom. To reverse the trend, Lloyd came up with the idea of Inline sledge hockey: essentially, Ice sledge hockey but played with sledges with wheels instead of skate runners. Although sledges with wheels had been invented by Laurie Howlett of Unique Inventions and used in both Canada and Germany as training aids, Lloyd was the first person to recognise that the equipment could be used to develop a distinct sport.
The first "official" game of Inline Sledge Hockey was played in December 2009 in Bisley, Surrey. Inline Sledge Hockey is recognised as a sport by the British Roller Sports Federation and a full set of rules was drawn up in early 2010 by Geoff Gooding based on Inline Puck Hockey rules with the first Inline Sledge Hockey league due to be launched in October 2010 in the UK.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 The British Paralympic Association (9 March 2006). The Paralympic Winter Games in Turin kick-off tomorrow (March 10) with the official opening ceremony. Press release. Retrieved on 21 January 2010.
- ↑ "Vaughan ruled out of Paralympics", BBC Sport, 1 March 2006. Retrieved on 27 May 2011.
- ↑ Volleyball England (28 August 2007). GB Sitting Squad Announced for Europeans. Press release. Retrieved on 21 January 2010.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 The British Paralympic Association (December 2009). Inline Sledge Hockey Launch Exceeds Expectations. Press release. Retrieved on 21 January 2010.
- ↑ "Issue 219 (29/08/2007)", The Volleyball Newsletter, 29 August 2007. Retrieved on 27 May 2011.
- ↑ The British Paralympic Association (November 2005). GB ice sledge hockey team aim to keep Games hopes alive. Press release. Retrieved on 21 January 2010.
- ↑ Matt Lloyd's profile on paralympic.org
- ↑ The British Paralympic Association (March 2009). GB narrowly miss medal at Sledge Hockey Group B World Championships. Press release. Retrieved on 21 January 2010.
- ↑ "Ice rink closure would scupper national team plans", 6 June 2009. Retrieved on 21 January 2010.
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