CoverWhen Brody Roybal was 7 years old, he knew he wanted to be involved in sports. He just didn’t know which one. So he tried regular T-ball, disabled baseball and disabled basketball. Then he discovered sled hockey. He has been a part of that sport ever since and his determination and dedication are showing. Brody has been chosen to be part of the Sled Hockey team in the 2014 Paralympics which will be played in Sochi, Russia from March 7 to the 16th. The sport is called Sled Hockey in the U.S., but Sledge Hockey elsewhere in the world.

At the age of 15, Brody is the youngest person to be chosen for the team. About 100 people tried out. Sled Hockey, Brody said, gets as rough as the regular game. He practices every morning from 6 to 7 a.m. with his coach, Jim Smith, and then he skates with the team on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday.

Ms. Sremaniak, the Dean at West Leyden, said the students are impressed and yet they feel this is just Brody and they are not surprised. He left for training camp in mid-February in North Carolina, returned to Northlake for a few days, then off to Colorado and then to Sochi.

Brody said he wanted to thank his mom, dad and brother, and his grandmother and grandfather for all their support and confidence in him. He also wanted to thank his coaches, Jim and J.J., Ms. Sremaniak, Kevin Nowracha, his trainer who got him here and his friend Zak Urbaniak.

We all wish Brody and his team good luck in Sochi.

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