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High-speed hockey at the players’ fingertips

Emery Gelissen zipped around the court at Variety Village where recently Canada’s only Volt hockey team held its first practice.

“I wish this thing had six cylinders,” Emery shouted as he took a corner.

Volt hockey involves players in wheelchairs powered by twin 12-volt batteries that can reach a maximum speed of 13 kilometres an hour. Participants control their chairs with the flick of a joystick mounted on either side of the chair. Fixed to the front of each player’s chair is a hockey stick split into three blades – one that juts out directly in front for shooting, and two on either side for ball control.

Scarborough, all in sync

It may be hard to walk on water, but try dancing in it.

Scarborough’s Variety Village Recreation Centre’s national and junior synchronized swimming teams make it look effortless.