By David Gold

gb ice_sledge_hockey_squad_20-09-12September 20 - Britain has announced a 16-strong ice sledge hockey squad for the 2012-2013 season as the race to qualify for the Sochi 2014 Paralympics heats up.

Gary Farmer, Karl Nicholson and Ian Warner are the only survivors of the squad that competed at the last Paralympic Games Britain qualified for at Turin 2006.

Caroline Bonner, the captain of the European women's ice sledge hockey team, will also be a notable inclusion in the squad.

She could be among the first women to compete in ice sledge hockey at the Paralympics if Britain qualifies for the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi.

Women were allowed to compete for the first time at Vancouver 2010, although none ended up participating at that event.

Jack Waring is also in the squad after switching from wheelchair basketball, while Tyler Christopher is a serving member of the army.

The rest of the squad includes Tony Booth, Darren Brown, Matt Clarkson, Matthew Coleman, Lee Coupe, Rob Gaze, Tom Graham, Bryan Hackworth, Steven Midghall and Matt Woollias.

"The development of the GB Sledge Hockey programme has been amazing and we aim to demonstrate that Paralympic success doesn't just happen in the summer," team manager Red Geddes said.

The squad will now prepare for the New Year Cup in Russia this December, and will hope to be at the 2013 World Championships in South Korea.

John Neville, a board member of Britain's ice sledge hockey programme, said: "Since 2009 we have engaged with all relevant stakeholders to lay the foundations of a medal winning programme.

"Our target has always been to develop a team capable of winning a medal by the 2018 Paralympic Games [in Pyeongchang], and I believe we are still on target to achieve that aim.

"We will continue to focus on development throughout the current Paralympic cycle and will continue to look for opportunities to strengthen our programme, including exploring the possibility of talent transfer of athletes that have just competed at the London 2012 Paralympic Games."

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