Curling

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What is Wheelchair Curling?

Wheelchair curling provides those with physical impairments the opportunity to curl with many similarities to the Olympic sport. Wheelchair curling is a team sport that tests the strategy and precision of the athletes. Wheelchair curling is played on a long sheet of ice where curling stones are pushed using a delivery stick toward the target at the end of the ice. The main difference between curling and wheelchair curling is there are no teammates sweeping the ice in wheelchair curling which make precision more difficult. 

What is Special Olympics Curling? 

Curling requires strategy, physical ability and a true team effort. Athletes work in teams of four, in an attempt to place their rocks closest to the centre of a series of four rings called the house. The team with the most number of stones closest to the centre is awarded points accordingly. Teams typically play eight ends and the team with the most points at the end is declared the winner.

What is Blind Curling? 

Curling for the Blind and Visually Impaired is essentially the same as the game played by sighted people. The difference is that each team has a sighted guide to assist the players in their delivery. The guide first describes the location of the rocks in the house and the type of shot that the skip has requested e.g. guard, draw or takeout. The guide then assists each player in delivering his/her rock along the line that is necessary to make the shot. Depending on the degree of visual impairment of the player, the guide may hold the broom at a short distance in front of the player, set a flashlight on the line of delivery or communicate with the player to ensure that he/she is lined up correctly in the hack. 

Organization
Wheelchair Curling

Contact
Will Sutton
Email: wsuttong@curlbc.ca

Location
Vancouver Curling Club

National/Provincial/Club
Club: Wheelchair Curling

Paralympic Sport
Yes (Wheelchair Curling)

On Viasport
?

On CPC
Yes (BC Curling)

Organization
BC Deaf Sports Federation, BC Curling

Contact
Leonor Johnson
Email: bcdeafsports@telus.net

Location
Royal Curling Club
North Shore Winter
Marpole Curling
Langley Curling Club

National/Provincial/Club
Club: Deaf Curling

Paralympic Sport
Not applicable

On Viasport
?

On CPC
Yes (BC Curling)

Organization
BC Curling, West Coast Blind Curling Association

Contact
Carol Kent
Email: carolkent@telus.net

Location
Vancouver Blind Curling Club

National/Provincial/Club
Club: Blind Curling

Paralympic Sport
Yes (Wheelchair Curling)

On Viasport
?

On CPC
Yes (BC Curling)

Organization
Special Olympics Curling

Contact
Special Olympics BC (Burnaby)

Location
Victoria (and several others)

National/Provincial/Club
Club: Special Olympics

Paralympic Sport
No

On Viasport
?

On CPC
No

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