Nicolas Badaracco, goaltender for Argentina's national ice hockey team, is aiming to grow Para ice hockey in the city of Ushuaia.
Badaracco has played in goal for Argentina since the country made its international ice hockey debut in 2012.
He is now bringing Para ice hockey to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in Argentina.
"Everyone has to have the opportunity to play ice hockey," he said, according to the World Para Ice Hockey website.
"Here, there are a lot of people who cannot even try to play because the sport barely exists.
"So, I started investigating how Para ice hockey works, and then I started to make plans for how to build my own sledge and made drawings for it."
Badaracco first played Para ice hockey in 2019, when he travelled to Miami in the United States with Argentina’s national team.
Florida Sled Bandits head coach Ron Robichaud invited Badaracco to try the sport.
"It’s very hard," Badaracco said.
"Even for me, as someone who plays hockey for a living and who knows his body, it was very hard.
"To skate straight is hard - at least the first time, but after that you can learn."
Robichaud gifted Badaracco a sledge so he could take it back to Argentina as a model to copy and create several more.
In Miami, Badaracco also met Karina Villegas, a player on the US women’s development Para ice hockey team.
Originally from Venezuela, Villegas agreed to help Badaracco introduce Para ice hockey to Latin American countries.
Badaracco has since recruited four athletes with a disability to the sport locally.
He is also working with the local Government to campaign for funds from the Ministry of Education, but budgets are now frozen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the meantime, Badaracco is set to lead a Para ice hockey information session as part of the Facundo Rivas Tournament, an annual multi-sport festival for people with a disability.
This year, the event will be held virtually for participants in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.
"There are a lot of people who can probably play they sport, yet they don’t even know what it is," Badaracco said.
"There is going to be a model to showcase how Para ice hockey is played and how they can develop this sport in their cities.
"I already have four athletes who are training here, and I’m trying to adapt my sledge for people to use on all surfaces with wheels, too."