Matt Lloyd (Paralympian)

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Matthew "Matt" Lloyd (born 23 May 1972)[1] 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,[1][2] in Sitting volleyball at the 2007 European Championships,[3] and is credited with inventing the sport of Inline sledge hockey.[4] He was born in Crawley, Sussex but grew up in Rainhill, Merseyside and later resided in Hollym, East Riding of Yorkshire.[1][5]

In March 2012 it was announced that Lloyd would be an Olympic torchbearer and would be carrying the Olympic torch through Scarborough.[6]

Lloyd is an alumnus of Gateway College in Leicester and has been honoured by the college who have named an annual community sports award after him.[7] Lloyd has passed his Olympic Torch to the college to inspire students and has a history of supporting grassroots sports as evidenced by his role as Vice Chair of Sport Birmingham, one of the 45 County Sports Partnerships that exist to support sport in England.

It was announced in August 2016 that Lloyd was launching a brand of skating rinks called SK8Z with the first one based in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire and which utilised a type of roller skate which replicated ice skates without the need for ice.[8] It was announced in 2017 that due to a senior manager experiencing health issues the rink would close.[9]

Lloyd is currently the Vice Chair of Sport Birmingham and a Director of Greycat Associates.[10]

Sledge hockey[edit]

In 2004 Lloyd took up the sport of 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 goalkeeper against Italy in the Paralympic Qualifiers in Turin, Italy.[11] Lloyd represented Great Britain at the 2006 Winter Paralympics in Turin,[12] the 2009 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships [13] and the 2011 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey European Championships.

Lloyd is a founding member of the Grimsby Red Wings Sledge hockey team.[14]

Sitting volleyball[edit]

In May 2007 Lloyd was approached to play the sport of Sitting volleyball, a version of traditional volleyball played by athletes with a disability. Due to an injury within the team and Lloyd’s Paralympic experience, he made his debut for the Great Britain Sitting volleyball team in an international friendly against the Netherlands in June 2007. Lloyd was selected for the GB Sitting volleyball squad[3] that competed in the European Championships that were held in Hungary in September 2007.

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.[4] 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.[4] 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.

Ice hockey[edit]

In May 2013 it was announced that Lloyd had been appointed Chairman of the newly formed Widnes Wild ice hockey club, which plays in the English National Hockey League.[15]

Additional information[edit]

Inline Sledge Hockey feature [16]

IPC European Championships Article 2011 [17]

Peterborough Phantoms Interview 2011 [18]

Mashsport Article 2010 [19]

Banners on the Wall Article [20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "The Paralympic Winter Games in Turin kick-off tomorrow (March 10) with the official opening ceremony" (Press release). The British Paralympic Association. 9 March 2006. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Vaughan ruled out of Paralympics". BBC Sport. 1 March 2006. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  3. ^ a b "GB Sitting Squad Announced for Europeans" (Press release). Volleyball England. 28 August 2007. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "Inline Sledge Hockey Launch Exceeds Expectations" (Press release). The British Paralympic Association. December 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Issue 219 (29/08/2007)". The Volleyball Newsletter. 29 August 2007. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  6. ^ Scarborough Council Archived 2013-10-20 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Leicester Mercury
  8. ^ Lincolnshire Echo
  9. ^ / Gainsborough Standard
  10. ^ Sport Birmingham
  11. ^ "GB ice sledge hockey team aim to keep Games hopes alive" (Press release). The British Paralympic Association. November 2005. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  12. ^ Results for Matt Lloyd from the International Paralympic Committee
  13. ^ "GB narrowly miss medal at Sledge Hockey Group B World Championships" (Press release). The British Paralympic Association. March 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  14. ^ "Ice rink closure would scupper national team plans". Grimsby Telegraph. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  15. ^ Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-17. Retrieved 2011-09-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2011-09-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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