Colorado native Robynne Hill has become the state’s first woman to make the Women’s National Sled Hockey team.
LITTLETON, Colo. — Colorado has seen a lot of success in the sport of hockey. The University of Denver won the NCAA championship and the Colorado Avalanche are defending Stanley Cup champions.
However, there’s a side of the game some players would like to see grow. Robynne Hill is the only woman from Colorado to make the Women’s National Sled Hockey team. Hill shared her dreams for the sport and where she thinks it can go.
Sports have been part of Hill’s life since she was a child. While playing soccer in middle school, she noticed she couldn’t keep up with the other athletes on her team. It took four years of medical visits and tests before she learned why she couldn’t match her teammate’s speed and endurance.
At 16, doctors diagnosed Hill with spastic dysplasia cerebral palsy. The diagnosis means she experiences tightness and soreness in her muscles requiring the use of leg splints and sometimes a wheelchair.
As a kid who loved sports, the struggles the condition caused were a blow to Hill’s spirt. In speaking of how life was at the time, she said, “sports was an outlet for me. So, during middle school,…